Ha sip Ha sip is Thai, means 50/50.........
I've fished with both Thai vessels and Indian Vessels in Andaman waters and i'll tell you one thing.......
I agree that there are some unscroupulous operators out there but all the fish on the boat that I go on are returned alive, we may take a tuna for sashimi or a grouper for dinner but that is it. What this particular boat has done in finding fish in and around the islands goes well beyond what any locals have done so far especially when it comes to Marlin Fishing.
That will change though given time, it's undertandable since they have been fishing since 99.
The boat that I go on is in no competition to any Indian business at this present time, the boat is a brand new 47 foot game fishing boat, over 1mUS$ worth. There is nothing else close to that available for charter at present so IMHO rather than poaching this particular boat is doing a good job in promoting fishing in the islands whilst at the same time helping with scientific studies (tag and release of all billfish and sharks) and learning about the waters. If I were you I would talk to these guys, you might learn something about the area.
The rest of the Thai boats I agree should be thrown out, but there are a couple that work in a positive way for both the islands ecology and also the locals that live there.
Unfortunatley it's simply not possible to keep these boats in Andamans, the facilities just arn't there yet so they have to come from Phuket. A small marina, a few marine engineers, somewhere to get spare parts and then we're talking. Can't see it happening soon though. The boats have to come from Thailand at present.
There will be an article next year on fishing in the Andaman islands in Sportfishing magazine, a 6 page spread, that is fantastic promotion for fishing in the islands.
I agree some boats are bad news, but one or two are working in positive ways.
BTW I notice most local boat (not all) do not practise catch and release.
I'm sorry you feel that way about certain boats in the area, I hope you can see the difference to the good ones and the bad ones though instead of putting them all in the same group.