The Catch of the Day

Water is important to every country’s culture and economy. The rivers and seas provide food and transportation. In Thailand, there are more than 1,800 miles of coastline, making the ocean part of every day life.

Fishing makes up a large part of Thailand’s economy. In Phuket, the docks and piers bustle each day with boats dropping off the latest catch from the Andaman Sea. Crews on fishing boats pull up catfish, carp, perch, and even shark!

Thailand exports more tiger prawns than any other country. Tiger prawns are related to shrimp. Thailand also exports many different types of fish. If too many fish are caught, though, it’s possible that some species might become extinct. The Thai government is passing laws to keep fish growing and healthy. These rules let fishermen catch some fish, but not before they have a chance to spawn. I sure hope the ocean isn’t low on crabs; they’re super tasty!