Fisheries management in Thailand hasstarted since B.E. 2444 (1901) with
the purpose to collect taxes and tariffs and to ensure the steady contribution of fish supply for its
national consumption as well as export. On 22 September B.E.2464 (1921) , King Rama VI
declared a Royal Announcement which entitled the Ministry of Land and Agriculture for the
responsibility of aquaculture, preservation of aquatic animals, recommemdation on closed
fishing gears harmful to aquatic animals.
Then in the reign of King Rama VII, Department of Aquatic Animal Conservation was
established on 21 September B. E. 2469 (1926) and was renamed as Deparment of
Fisheries since 1 January B.E.2497(1954).Its central administration is comprised of office of
Recretary, Division of Aquaculture, Survey and Research Division, and Conservation Division
whereas provincial fishery offices and district fishery offices are its provincial adminstration.
However, on 7 Februry B.E.2518 (1975) King Rama IX enacted a Royal Decree to expand the
central administration of Department of Fisheries with the following new structure: