Bangkok aquaculture conference postponed


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
May 3, 2010

Political unrest in Thailand has forced the organizers of the Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010 to postpone the three-day event.

The conference has already been rescheduled for 22 to 25 September. It will now be held in Phuket, Thailand, at the Mövenpick Resort and Spa.

The conference was originally scheduled for 9 to 12 June in Bangkok. It’s organized by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, Thailand Department of Fisheries and Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific.

But for the past two months, protesters known as the Red Shirts, who are demanding that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva resign, have been clashing with the Thai military in the streets of Bangkok, leaving 27 people dead and nearly 1,000 people wounded.

However, this week the political turmoil is showing signs of ending, as the Red Shirts welcomed a government proposal for a November election, but they asked for more details on the plan before ceasing their demonstrations.

The political unrest, which has hurt Thailand’s economy, also caused the organizers of Tuna 2010 to postpone the biennial conference in Bangkok from May to October.

Thailand is one of the world’s largest seafood exporters.

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