The Seafood Task Force and Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF) have pledged their support to develop sustainable fishing equipment and improve the monitoring process, aiming to promote sustainability and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.Founded in 2014, the Seafood Task Force is a collaboration between retailers, suppliers, non-governmental organisations and Thai shrimp processors and feed companies. The goal is to drive social and environmental changes through a responsible, transparent and traceable supply chain across the Thai seafood industry. Sujint Thammasart, chief operating officer for aquaculture business at CPF, said the company has collaborated with the Fisheries Department under the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry to set up a working committee to explore new fishing technologies and innovations to tackle IUU fishing. The committee includes government agencies, associations, academia and the private sector, seeking to develop a sustainable fishing … [Read more...] about Task force, CPF take on IUU fishing
Thai fishing slavery
The workshop was to create understanding among pier owners, fishing associations and officials about checking marine animals, said the department's fisheries specialist Praulai Nootmorn. The event also wanted to boost screening systems to ensure that Thai fishery catches were legal and met international standards. Pol Lt-General Jaruwat Waisaya, chief of the RTP Office of Legal Affairs and Litigation, said the Emergency Decree on Fisheries required piers to register with the Fisheries Department and record information on all fishing trawlers that docked. They must also issue the Marine Catch Purchasing Document (MCPD), submitted to the department via its electronic Thai-Flagged Catch Certification system. Jaruwat said the complete and accurate practice of information gathering by the piers would be helpful for the authorities when preventing illegal fishing. It would also impose proper control to keep natural resources in balance, allowing stocks to … [Read more...] about Govt holds responsible fishing workshop in Phuket
JAKARTA: Enslaved, beaten, malnourished, and so desperate for water he had to collect condensation to drink: Rahmatullah left Indonesia seeking better prospects at sea - instead he endured a living hell.The global fishing industry is riddled with forced labour, anti-trafficking experts say, warning that consumers are unaware of the "true cost" of the seafood they buy in stores and restaurants.Exploited workers face non-payment, overwork, violence, injury, and even death. Indonesia and Southeast Asia are major sources of such labour and unscrupulous brokers target the poor and uneducated with promises of good wages at sea.Rahmatullah was told he was heading to Peruvian waters where he would receive US$400 a month salary, plus a per tonne bonus, but he was allegedly duped by an Indonesian recruiting agency and trafficked to Somalia, where he spent nine brutal months aboard a Chinese fishing vessel, working 18-hour days."I felt like a slave," the 24-year-old said, adding: "The … [Read more...] about Floating sweatshops: Is the fish you eat caught by ‘slaves’?
Tunyawat later led the centre to research and develop ways to cash in on this abandoned value, and finally proposed that the company produce refined tuna oil as a new business. And now, the long journey of extracting value from the remains of tuna-fish has reached its destination. Crude fish oil extracted in Samut Sakhon province is being shipped to Germany, where Thai Union’s new marine oil refinery is purifying the oil to be sold in the market. A view of the Thai Union Marine Nutrients marine oil refinery in Rostock, Germany. Five months after the seafood giant’s “Thai Union Marine Nutrients” oil refinery in Rostock, Germany, began operations late last year, they have so far sold 250 tonnes of refined tuna oil to one of the world’s top five infant formula manufacturers. In the past, the company had treated tuna fish heads as a waste and normally sold it as animal feed at Bt6 per kilo, but after being transformed into refined oil … [Read more...] about Thai Union strikes it rich with tuna oil
While the company will maintain its three major export markets – the United States, Europe and Japan – it now aims to further spread its products in newly emerging markets such as China and landlocked countries like Laos, as well as further penetrating the Thai market, said Rittirong Boonmechote, president of global frozen and related units at Thai Union Group. “Competition is high in developed and high purchasing-power countries, while emerging markets are growing and have high potential for increase in purchasing power,” he said. Moreover, the company is seeking to make more investments in Thailand and throughout Asia, as it would increase profits and make it easy to handle the return on investments, he said. He added that frozen food development in the country still has high potential to grow. Thai Union's booth at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels last week Thai Union is the world’s largest producer of shelf-stable tuna products. Last year … [Read more...] about Thai Union in multipronged approach