MAN THROWS HIMSELF INTO GULF OF THAILAND FOR STORY-
Flying Sporran’s Weekend Diary
Thailand’s fishing industry, particularly in the area of prawn cultivation took another massive knock today with an article on Mail Online, which boasts 105 million unique visitors a month, taking a massive swipe.
A reported retort in the Bangkok Post last month by Niwat Sutemechaikul, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Cooperatives, that the CP conglomerate, Thailand’s major prawn producer, was acting within the law, seems now hollow and almost irrelevant.
And now the silence is deafening, which may not be such a bad thing, because in defence Thai authorities often go on the attack leaving themselves in even worse situations.
Thailand’s prawn industry has been the subject of investigations by many newspapers worldwide, and was even visited by a whole class from the British Columbia School of Journalism, who along with others produced their own ‘Prawn Movie’.
TV chefs have been out there telling viewers why they should not buy Thai prawns and giving very convincing reasons.
I am not a great warm water prawn fan, having been used to Dublin Bay prawns in cooler climes, so their views are easily sold to me.
Today’s piece in the Mail on Sunday was written by an investigator who appears to have thrown himself in the water in front of ‘bottom dredging’ trawlers to find out the truth. You can read the story here.
Apart from accusations of destroying the ecology of the sea there are also the widespread accusations of the murder of Burmese fishermen, some of whom appear to have been press ganged in the first place.
It’s a story I have been looking to do for some time but could not work out how to get on the trawlers to film something which could have a detrimental affect to the fishermen’s livelihoods. But I never came up with the idea of throwing myself into the Gulf of Thailand. Hats off to the man who did Jim Wickens, environmental journalist extraordinaire.