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INDONESIA, THAILAND CREATE JOINT TASK FORCE TO COMBAT ILLEGAL FISHING

04/27/2015

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha announced the formation of a joint task force to crack down on illegal fishing operations in the wake of revelations concerning the use of slaves on Thai boats fishing in Indonesian waters. The announcement came two days after the European Union threatened an import ban if Thailand does not address the problem within six months. Representatives of the Thai fishing industry are skeptical about meeting that deadline, saying there are about 2,000 unlicensed fishing boats in Thailand. For the full story, see http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0424-jacobson-thai-indonesian-task-force-fishing.html.