The Second Stakeholder Consultation Meeting Trawl Mesh Size Enlargement Experiments
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Consultants associated with the REBYC‐II CTI project presented papers supporting the case for increasing Gulf of Thailand trawl cod end mesh size to 4cm. These presentations included the on‐going fish larval study; the socio economics of trawl fishing in the GOT, results from experiments using 4cm mesh size in the GOT, the GOT trawl landings study and Thailand’s legal and policy frameworks for trawl fisheries. During the meeting a SEAFDEC video was presented by Mr Isara Chanrachkij, that showed fish escaping from 4cm mesh, apparently without harm. Following the presentations the stakeholders formed three groups, (pair trawls, Otter Board Trawls and Beam Trawls) to discuss the issues presented and to give their opinions on the proposed measure. None of the groups accepted the proposal, listing many reasons why such a measure was unacceptable to them. Their arguments against the measure were mainly focused on the short‐term loss of incomes that such an arrangement would result in, and their mistrust of each others compliance as well as the Government’s capacity to enforce such a measure, if introduced. Feedback on the group findings was provided by Mr. Pirochana Saikliang, Marine Fisheries Expert & Mr. Bancha Sookkaew, Chantaburi Provincial Fisheries officer. Mr. Manoch Roongratri, Director Marine Fisheries Research and Development Bureau concluded the meeting. From the stakeholders reaction it is clear that it will be very difficult to persuade them to adopt an increase to 4cm mesh size, even when a reasonable scientific base for the introduction of such a measure can be made.
The Second Stakeholder Consultation Meeting Trawl Mesh Size Enlargement Experiments. (2014). Training Deaprtment, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center.
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