Dr. Adisorn Promthep
Thailand is one of the world's leading seafood producers, as importers and exporters of fishery products worldwide. Seafood products are derived from aquaculture and wild capture. Sustainable development of fisheries sector in all dimensions, therefore, is a very crucial policy of Thailand which will likely affect the food security for the world population.
Dr. Adisorn Promthep has extensive experiences in rural development policy and coastal resources management. He served as Minister of Counselor (Agriculture) at the Office of Agricultural Affairs in two of the top five fish and fisheries product importing countries – Belgium and the USA (Washington, D.C.). Dr. Promthep has abundant knowledge surrounding the direction and concerns of global fisheries. When he became the Director-General of the Department of Fisheries in 2016, he initiated a fishery reform policy which included, in terms of fisheries, aquaculture and fish processing. Specific to aquaculture reform, he aims to improve the entire supply chain of Thai aquaculture to meet international standards. These improvements include systemic changes, environmental improvements, hygienic and sanitization improvements to ensure that seafood products from Thailand are free from IUU fishing, forced labor and trafficking through an administrative manner focusing on the consumer and environment.