Khlong Takiab & Khao Tao Fishermen’s Dispute Resolved: Mayor

Daybreak at the Fishing Boat Harbour
Daybreak at the Fishing Boat Harbour

The Mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul, the Deputy Mayor Ms. Phailin Kongphan and the Mayor’s Secretary Mr. Atichart Chaisri have met with fishermen from Khlong Takiab and Khao Tao following reports that some houses were intruding onto water course in the areas. Owners were asked to pay fines with the people then asking authorities to reconsider the regulations and the amount of fines and to postpone the date of law enforcement. Authorities from Harbour Department explained to the fisherman that the 17th Act of Navigation in Thai Waters of 2017 had been in effect since 23rd February.

Those who own a houses or buildings intruding onto the water courses should
have informed the Harbour Department by 22nd June. The main objective of the Act is to take care of water courses and control any houses or buildings along the river or on the beach for the sake of commercial navigation, agriculture and natural disaster prevention. Due to the stress and problems being experienced by fishermen, the Harbour Department has proposed some measures to help them.

This included fine payments, compensation and extension of the period to inform the authorities. The proposal was presented to the Transport Ministry and the authorities hope that the fishermen in the two areas would accept this resolution.