As Thailand turns the corner on one fishing crisis, another one rears its head.
After night fell on April 10, 2018 an unremarkable vessel quietly
slipped its moorings in the Thai port of Samui and set to sea. The
fishing resupply vessel was sailing out into the Gulf of Thailand, the
southwestern-most corner of the South China Sea. On board, the crew was
in good spirits. They had received coordinates from their dispatch for
the best catching, 15 nautical miles from the exclusive economic zone
(EEZ) boundary shared between Thailand and Vietnam. During the 28-hour
journey to their target, the crew on board the went through their
equipment, checking their hardware, and watching the horizon.