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EU maintains Thailand yellow card

The bloc gave Thailand another period of four months to achieve visible progress.

The European Union (EU) is maintaining its yellow flag designation for Thailand over the country’s illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing problems following a visit to the country last month, a source at the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry revealed on Wednesday, reports Nation Multimedia.

The source said Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Grisada Boonrach was already informed of the results from the EU’s review of Thailand’s performance. A delegation from the EU visited Thailand last month to discuss anti-IUU efforts.

“Two issues behind the EU decision to not upgrade Thailand’s anti-IUU ratings are fleet management and laws enforcement,” the source said.

The EU apparently found discrepancies in boat categorization at the Marine Department and expects to see strict laws enforcement, efficient management of administrative orders and clear timeframes.

The source said the EU wanted Thailand to achieve visible progress within four months.

The European Union first slapped the yellow card on Thailand’s fishing sector in 2015 giving it a period of six months to show sufficient efforts to improve the situation were in place, but has maintained the warning since then.

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