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Brief Background

                  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:   

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