Daracha Thiammueang

Country: Thailand

My name is Daracha Thiammueang and I am 39 years old. I work at the Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources, Maejo University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I hold a PhD from Kasetsart University, Thailand, in the field of Fishery Management. During my PhD I worked on the 'Governing of Blue Swimming Crab Fisheries: Case Study Ban Laem and Cha-am District, Phetchaburi Province'. I also hold an undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Fisheries at Kasetsart University.

Currently, I am a Lecturer at the Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources, Maejo University, Chiangmai, Thailand (for more information, click here) where  I am in charge of lectures, research and academic service to the communities. I teach Fishery Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Basis of Fisheries Knowledge and Management to bachelor students and Fisheries Business Management to master students. I'm also doing a research on The Consumer’s Attitude in Safety and Organic Aquatic Animals: Case Study in Chiangmai Province',  in order to find an approach for the fish farmers and other stakeholders to plan their production and the marketing of their products according to consumer behavior.

1. What are you currently working on within the context of SSF?

DT: Most of my work focuses on fishery marketing and business, especially in relation to inland fisheries. My current research is on the consumer’s attitude and behavior in organic aquatic animal consumption in Chiangmai province, Thailand. Moreover, my future research will focus on brand building, development of the fish product and the investment worthiness assessment in aquaculture. Meanwhile, I continue to be involved in the field of fisheries management as I am part of the team that teaches the subjects 'Basis of Fisheries Knowledge and Management' and 'General Fisheries' to undergraduate students

2. If you could single out one or two most significant factors for securing sustainability of SSF, what would these factors be?

DT: In my opinion, the security of household economy is a very important factor in the sustainability of small-scale fisheries. Small-scale fishers should obtain stable and reasonable incomes from their catches. The problems in price fluctuation and a lack of bargaining power with the middlemen make it difficult for fishers to cover their costs and  obtain viable livelihoods.

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