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Less Is More - How Policy and Technology can Impact the Thai Labour Market for Work in Fishing

— theme: Labour migration policy
— country: Global
— type: Reports

Thailand is one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia and a leader in the global seafood trade. It ranks behind only China, Norway and Vietnam in the value of seafood exports. The strength of its export industry depends overwhelmingly on fish caught outside Thai waters because largely unstructured and under-regulated growth in the Thai commercial fishing industry since the 1960s led to devastation of Thai fish stocks. This collapse has forced vessel owners to venture further afield for fish. This combination of factors, plus price pressure from an increasingly competitive global trade in seafood, has fuelled demand for a low-wage workforce from countries such as Cambodia and Myanmar.

Author/Editor
International Labour Organization
Publishing Year
2019
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