Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan, Standing Deputy Head of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, on August 9, signed the official dispatch No.23 requesting localities to prepare to deal with the possibility that tropical depression develops into a storm in the East Sea.
Based on the report of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) that about 45,000 fishing vessels are lying ashore, the Minister of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has recently signed Official Letter No.3822 to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, proposing to use the budget to support fishers and underprivileged people affected by high petrol prices.
Infrastructure at fishing ports has yet to receive the attention it needs in many localities, and this should be addressed quickly to develop a modern and responsible fisheries sector, officials have said.
The tuna fishing industry brings quite high commercial value, exporting to 100 countries worldwide, especially the US, Japan, and the EU. However, amid many new challenges from fishing ground and price, the tuna fishing industry in Vietnam is facing many difficulties.
Preventing and ending vessels’ illegal fishing overseas is the first requirement to lift “yellow card” warning by the European Commission, said Deputy General Director of the Directorate of Fisheries Nguyen Quang Hung.
Mr. To Tan Thi, Director of the Management Board of agriculture and rural development projects in Binh Dinh Province, on March 11, said that this provincial People's Committee had just sent a document to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Planning and Investment to propose a sustainable fisheries development project in the province, with an investment of US$17.5 million.
The National Center for Hydro-meteorology Forecasting and warning centers in the Asia-Pacific region predicted that storm Dujuan will quickly downgrade to a tropical low pressure system and dissipate at sea when it enters the East Sea this week.
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.
The Standing Office of Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Search and Rescue of Quang Ngai province this morning updated the situation as well as the progress of carrying out measures against typhoon Podul very close to mainland provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh.
Repairing newly-built substandard offshore fishing vessels is a matter of great economic, political and social significance that should be done immediately, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said yesterday.