The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development continues his business trip, working with relevant units of the European Commission (EC) about turning Vietnam into a model in adopting the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR).
Although nearly 100 percent of fishing boats in Vietnam have been fitted with vessel monitoring system (VMS), there are still loss of communication between fishermen at sea and the mainland, and management agencies are still losing track of vessels.
Authorities of the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang have taken a wide range of measures to fight IUU fishing as a part of the national efforts to remove the European Commission (EC)’s ‘yellow card’ warning against Vietnam’s seafood exports.
According to a report of the High Command of the Coast Guard Region 4, stationed on Phu Quoc Island, through patrolling and controlling the Southwest waters bordering neighboring countries, on average, this unit detects approximately 20 fishing vessels breaking illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing regulations (IUU).
The European Commission (EC) continued to recognise Vietnam's efforts to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, according to Deputy General Director of the Directorate of Fisheries (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) Nguyen Quang Hung.
Vietnam must put an end to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in a bid to have the European Commission (EC)’s “yellow card” removed by the end of 2021, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said at a virtual meeting on the issue on September 7.
The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) and the World Bank (WB) in Vietnam on August 10 released “A Trade-Based Analysis of the Economic Impact of Non-Compliance with Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing: The Case of Vietnam”.
According to the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries, with 82 percent of fishing vessels equipped with vessel monitoring systems, traceability and the application of culturing area codes have significantly improved. However, if there is still one fishing vessel that has not registered or illegally exploits, the European Commission (EC) will continue to keep a yellow card or even give a red card to Vietnam.
Vietnam has been active in implementing nine recommendations related to the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing of the European Commission (EC) to ensure responsible and sustainable fisheries, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Nguyen Xuan Cuong.