No Catching, Buying, and Eating of Small Aquatic Animals, Especially Those Caught by Illegal Fishing Gear Campaign
Walailak University, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion and NGOs, including Thai Sea Watch Association and Federation of Thai Fisherfolk Association, organized a campaign to promote knowledge for locals fishermen not to catch, buy and eat small aquatic animals obtained by illegal fishing equipments. Also, the campaign provided free knowledge, raised awareness of overfishing, and created a forum for exchanging knowledge on fisheries and ecosystem management practices with community participation. In the campaign, there was knowledge on bringing aquatic animals to use, the size of the aquatic animals that should be picked up for use, and destructive fishing tools that catch small fish and destroy the seabed, which is the habitat of aquatic animals. Additionally, academics from the Department of Fisheries came to educate local fishermen on unreported and unregulated fishing.
During the Covid-19 epidemic, The Center for Academic Service WU has created learning materials that everyone can access via a Youtube channel to promote not catching small fish, not engaging in illegal fishing, and creating guidelines for restoring fisheries resources and responsible fishing.
This creative media has been awarded the first prize for promoting environmental resource conservation by the National Research Council of Thailand.