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Thailand combats illegal fishing after EU threatens seafood ban

Government destroys unlicensed boats as $500m sanctions loom

Thailand destroys unregistered fishing vessels in September in a show of force for international observers. (Photo by Marimi Kishimoto)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's government is ramping up its crackdown on unlicensed fishing boats -- which are often a hotbed of forced labor -- in a bid to ward off a ban on seafood exports to the European Union.

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