Thailand’s military rulers are making another effort to sidetrack European Union threats to hand out a “red card” to the Thai fishing industry for illegal fishing – and the trafficking and labor abuse which are also widespread. In a curious reflection on the competence of Thai armed forces, the junta has sacked the navy chief Na Areenij as head of the Command Center to Combat Illegal Fishing. This is supposed to be making a serious effort to tackle the problem before the EU raises its warning signal from yellow to red. A red card would result in massive loss of fish exports and undermine the profits of Thailand’s two great exploiters of the seas, Thai Union Foods, the world’s largest tuna producer, and the giant Sino-Thai CP group.

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