ARREST Program and Thai Government Launch First PROTECT Marine Enforcement Course.

FREELANDPROTECT Marine20 marine enforcement ocers took part in the first Marine Enforcement Course in Sattahip, Thailand from January 8 through 20. Marine Enforcement is a crucial element to the fight against illegal wildlife tracking throughout Southeast Asia. Nature crime in the maritime realm involves illegal, unregulated and unreported shing, destruction of January 2013 reefs for exploitation, illegal sale of coral and the smuggling of wildlife and wildlife products between ports of entry, unauthorized ports and oshore ship to ship transfer. The ARREST program, in partnership with the Royal Thai Navy, Coast guard and Marine Police conducted the pilot course for the development of a world class Marine Enforcement Training Course. The course had a strong focus on hands-on training covering both theoretical and practical modules. Students and instructors gave valuable feedback on the course, manual and training material to help build a solid foundation for a regional program. This training program will ll an enormous void in the protection of marine resources through the expanding of capacity, inter-agency cooperation and transnational information sharing.

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