Fishers see fish stocks decline

Thailand is the world’s third-largest exporter of fish and fishery products, stares a great threat in the face in the form of overfishing and modern technology, lack of fishing regulations and new fishing methods, which is depleting its waters of its fishing resource.

About 13 000 small boats are on the Thai waters on any given day, of which about 80% are small scale fishers, which future hangs in the balance due to polluted waters and the disappearance of fish populations.

In the 1960s small fisher caught about 300kg of fish per day, but nowadays, seldom manage to catch 18kg per day, with some species nearing the point of no return..

Human activity has already obstructed the natural rhythms of Thailand’s beating heart, the question is, can the damage be repaired.

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