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The Department of Fisheries is set to announce a temporary closure of the fishing industry in areas of the Andaman Sea. The break will be from April to June to allow marine life to breed.
Director General of the Department of Fisheries Jumpol Sanguansin revealed that the closure will prevent fishing activities conducted from four provinces adjacent to the Andaman Sea. They are Phuket, Pang Nga, Krabi and Trang.
The ban has regularly been enforced on the order of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives since October 2009. In some areas where minimal fishing is allowed, certain types of fishing will also be prohibited.
The marine closure covers an area of around 4,600 square kilometers of the Andaman Sea. A maximum fine of 10,000 baht and a jail term of 1 year will be applied to anyone violating the regulations.