If you operate from an Indian port with all the necessary legal stuff then it is perfectly fine. in fact bring your friends. What i am pissed off about is charters that operate from Thailand and Myanmar that come into Indian waters and fish. I am not talking about commercial fishermen but sporting charters.
The point I am trying to make is that a country's waters have to be respected.
I totally agree, the boat I use is very proffessional they would not do that. You'd have to be a fool, if you get caught your boat can be impounded, not wise if your boat is brand new!!!!
There are boats that are fishing burma banks, one particular boat is called Ocean One. The way they fish absolutley disgusts me. They take everything back to port, 100 year old groupers, 50kg Dogtooths, sharks, eveything, they then sell them to restaurants to pay for the trip.
Do they not realise what they are doing to their future? How could the burmese let them do this. The Thai's have raped their own waters and now think it's ok to do the same to other countries waters.
The boat I go on is owned by a westerner, they fish catch and release and tag many fish at great expense. The vast majority of Thai owned boats take everything, females holding eggs, undersize, oversize, everything.
The last thing you want is these boats in your waters, they may very well try when they have exhausted the burmesse waters.
One other thing, there are very few of these serious imported sportfishing boats owned and operated by westerners using Thai crew. The vast majority of boats in Phuket used for sportfishing are locally built wooden boats. I very much doubt you will see these boats in your waters eigher legally or illegally. They wouldn;t do it legally as they couldn't deal with the bureaucracy, they're command of the english language is just not good enough, they wouldn't even know how to call up to report they're position, they wouldn't know the phonetic alphabet for starters. To deal with all the paperwork would quite simply be boyond any of the Thai captains, in Thailand only container ship captains could deal with something like that.
The other thing is I very much doubt you would get them fishing illegally. The reason for this is they know they can go to burma which is not as far and also they know full well that they stand a big chance of being caught and losing their boat. A charter doesn;t pay enough for that risk.
The majority of boats invading the waters around Andamans will almost certainly be fishing with nets, they will be Thai owned and the crews they use will more than likely be burmesse.