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Fisheries dept caught out

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Coastal and small-scale fishermen have more than one good reason to vent their frustration at the Fisheries Department for its persistent ignorance of their plight caused mainly by the illegal push-net trawlers which have almost completely depleted the Gulf of Thailand of fish stocks and other marine life with their environmentally destructive fishing equipment. 

Their protest at the department yesterday was meant to remind its officials of their two still unanswered demands made two weeks ago.

The first demand is for the department to withdraw from the cabinet its proposal to grant a blanket amnesty to 5,000 illegal push-net trawlers in an attempt to beat the European Union's (EU) boycott threat against marine products from Thailand.

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