Some 30 years ago, Thailand had abundant mangrove forests which enriched the coasts and sustained the sources of fish and seafood for the whole country.
Unfortunately, these mangroves were annihilated by the government policy in the 1990s to promote shrimp farming for exports. What were once lush green mangroves have now become barren land with abandoned, empty ponds.
The man who led the push for prawn farming and turned a blind eye to illegal encroachment on mangrove forests was none other than the then director-general of the Fisheries Department, Plodprasop Suraswadi.
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