On the morning of September 19, 2023, at 8:30 a.m., Mr. Thawatchai Srithong, the esteemed Governor of Chonburi Province, graced the proceedings as he presided over a significant ceremony. The event, held at Phon Pier in Bang Sai Subdistrict, Mueang Chonburi District, marked the observance of National Fisheries Day 2023. Joining him were notable figures such as Mr. Natthaphong Wannapat, Chonburi Provincial Fishery Officer, Capt. Pinai Jinchai, Deputy Director of the Chonburi Maritime National Interest Administration Center, Mr. Prasit Inthachote, Chonburi District Chief, and Mr. Rungruangsin Wongsaithong, Mayor of Bang Sai Subdistrict, along with other relevant officials, all coming together to participate in this meaningful event.
This ceremony was organized in line with a Cabinet resolution, initially passed on June 6, 2006. The resolution saw a change in the observance of National Fisheries Day, shifting it from April 13 to the current date of September 21 every year. This modification was sanctioned following a proposal by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
In collaboration with the Chonburi Provincial Fisheries Office, Chonburi Province orchestrated this initiative. The primary objective was to bolster the variety of fish species within the area. This strategic move aims to stimulate the local fishing industry and rejuvenate aquatic animal resources, thereby striving for a balanced water source. A generous contribution of 200,000 shrimp was made possible through the sponsorship of the Chonburi Inland Fisheries Research and Development Center.
Mr. Thawatchai Srithong, Governor of Chonburi Province, emphasized the opportune nature of this event. September, being the rainy season, witnesses a surplus of water in the water sources, rendering natural conditions conducive to the growth of young aquatic animals. This release creates a favorable breeding ground, supporting the conservation and augmentation of aquatic animal resources in the area. The long-term vision is to have these aquatic species act as sustainable sources of income and livelihoods, contributing to the overall prosperity of the community and the preservation of the environment.