UConn Professor Helps Thailand’s Fishing Industry

UConn Professor Helps Thailand’s Fishing Industry
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UConn Professor Helps Thailand’s Fishing Industry
January 24, 2005
Associated Press

A University of Connecticut professor with a background in marine sciences has been brought in to help coastal and fishing communities in Thailand recover from the ravages of the tsunami that hit southern Asia last month.

Robert Pomeroy, an assistant professor of agricultural and resource economics at UConn’s Avery Point campus in Groton, happened to be in Malaysia working with local fishermen when the deadly tidal waves struck Dec. 26.

Pomeroy has traveled to Thailand at the request of the U.S. State Department to lend his expertise.

He is working with the Asian regional environment officer for the State Department, meeting with Thai government officials as well as local fishermen to assess their needs and recommend to the U.S. government how it can help.

Pomeroy had last been in that area of Thailand in 2004, when he worked with the fishing communities on developing cooperative fisheries management plans.

“The impact has been in six provinces and 490 villages along the Andaman Sea coast,” Pomeroy wrote via e-mail to The Day of New London from Bangkok as he prepared to travel south to the affected areas.

“The impacts range from broken fishing equipment to utter devastation with great loss of life,” he wrote. In the worst affected village, Ban am Kem, half the population of 6,000 was lost, and 80 percent of the infrastructure was damaged, he wrote.

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