Navy Arrest Vietnamese Fishing CrewThe Royal Thai Navy has arrested a Vietnamese fishing boat crew who were fishing illegally and were flying a Thai flag to disguise their identity.
SATTAHIP – May 9,2015 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 8.00 a.m., Vice Admiral Sucheep Wangmaitree (Commander-in-Chief, Royal Thai Navy, First Naval Area Command), who is the Director of The First Naval Area Thailand Maritime Enforcement Coordinating Centre, was informed by Captain Samroeng Janso (Deputy Chief of Staff, Royal Thai Navy, First Naval Area Command) that the Tor.95 offshore patrol vessel had found 2 illegal fishing boats 30 miles off the coast.
Upon inspecting the first boat which was flying a Thai flag the officers found 5 Vietnamese crew members. The 2nd boat which was owned by Miss Manassanan Jirawongphatthana, aged 40 from the officers found 5 Cambodian crew members. Initially, the naval officers detained all the crew members and they were sent to the inquiry official of Sattahip police station in order to be prosecuted further according to the Thai law.
Captain Samroeng Janso said that most of the illegal fishing boats had come into Thai waters to catch squid and sea snakes because they could sell them at a high price back in their home country and it seems to be happening more and more so he will order more patrols to try and combat the problem.