Thailand's seafood sector and trade associations will unite to fight illegal fishing and human trafficking in an attempt to restore the industry's reputation tarnished by instances of forced labour and violence, representatives said on Tuesday.

The business group, led by Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand, will comply strictly with new Thai laws to crack down on illegal fisheries and human trafficking, Poj Aramwattananont, vice chairman of Board of Trade of Thailand told a news conference.

The group, which included major producers such as Charoen Pokphand Foods, Thai Union Frozen Products, Sea Value Group, Andaman Seafood Group and TRF Feedmill Co, represents 80 percent of Thailand's shrimp feedmeal sector, he said.

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