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EU remains unconvinced by Thai seafood industry reforms

Big fishing companies are resisting official efforts to eliminate unsustainable practices

Many vulnerable migrant workers are used to unload and sort fish in Thai ports.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's multi-billion dollar seafood industry continues to be assailed by the European Union, which is refusing to give the sector a clean bill of health following decades of exploitative and unregulated fishing offshore.

The latest ruling has set back the military government's hopes of getting a "yellow card" warning dropped. The EU raised it in April 2015 when it threatened to ban all Thai seafood imports.

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