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The Department of Fisheries will ban all commercial fishing in the Gulf of Thailand from June until July.
According to Department of Fisheries Director-General Joompol Sanguansin, the inner area of the Gulf of Thailand will be closed to all commercial fishing beginning this Friday. He claimed the dwindling number of marine life was caused by rising fishing activities.
Many fishermen have been using modified fishing tools that enable them to catch practically all marine life in the sea, leaving none to breed.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has enforced the ban in 8 provinces around the Gulf of Thailand, including Prajuab Khirikhan, Petchaburi, Samut Songkram, Samut Sakhon, Bangkok, Samut Prakarn, Chachoengsao and Chonburi, from June – July of each year until 2018.
The ban is expected to increase the number of fish and other types of marine life in the sea.