Nine crew members of 2 Vietnamese fishing boats arrested off the coast of Songkhla, southern Thailand

Vice Admiral Pokkrong Monthatpalin, spokesman for the Royal Thai Navy, said the fishing boats were spotted illegally dredging for sea cucumbers about 80 miles off the southern province.

Personnel from the Second Naval Area Command arrested nine crew members on two Vietnamese fishing boats for fishing illegally off Songkhla province.

Vice Admiral Pokkrong Monthatpalin, spokesman for the Royal Thai Navy, said the fishing boats were spotted illegally dredging for sea cucumbers about 80 miles off the southern province.

Naval personnel from HTMS Taimuang and HTMS Tor 114 stopped the fishing boats and arrested nine crew members.

The fishing boats had left Ca Mau, Vietnam on April 23 and dredged sea cucumbers for four days. The crew members were interrogated at the Songkhla naval base before being prosecuted.

Vice Admiral Pokkrong said that since fiscal 2022, the navy has seized 12 foreign fishing boats and arrested a total of 56 crew members for illegal fishing in Thai waters. (TNA)

Naval personnel from HTMS Taimuang and HTMS Tor 114 stopped the fishing boats and arrested nine crew members.


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