Upgrade proposed for central fish market becoming seafood distribution hub

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives plans to upgrade the Fish Marketing Organization (FSO) as a modern hub for catches and seafood distribution in keeping with international standards.

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Luck Wajananawat, said the FSO is now planned to improve its ports and other facilities to accommodate more catches and seafood products processed via the organization.

The FSO in 2017 processed more than 300,000 tons of seafood products worth 20 billion baht. The amount of the products is expected to continuously increase.

The facilities upgrade plans include the expansion of sorting facility in Phuket fishing pier, the construction of a packaging and preserving facility in Chumphon, the use of automatic weighing stations and the implementation of catches track-back system, and the plan to upgrade the FSO as a national distribution hub of seafood items which complies with international standards.

The Deputy Minister added the FSO has been playing its parts in the solving of illegal fishing that resulted in the improvement of the situation, thus the organization is being considered to expand its roles as a consultant to neighboring countries facing the problem