To revoke the ‘yellow card’ given by the European Commission (EC) to the fishing industry, Vietnamese gov’t and local authorities in 2023 are working to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities.
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.
Fishermen in the central province of Quang Nam are contributing to developing a sustainable modern fishing industry and removing the “yellow card” for illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing imposed by the European Commission (EC).
Agriculture has affirmed its role as an important pillar of the economy, helping build an independent and self-reliant economy with active, intensive, and effective integration into the world and bring a prosperous and happy life to people.
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.
Vietnam will investigate and handle all cases of the country’s fishing vessels being arrested by foreign countries, strictly punish all acts related to illegal fishing in the foreign waters and name them on the mass media, according to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien.
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).
Vietnam’s fishery sector is preparing for the visit by an EC delegation at the end of this month, during which they will inspect the fight against illegal, unreported and undocumented (IUU) fishing in the Southeast Asian nation.
Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has ordered coastal and border guards and police forces to step up patrols, inspections, and handling of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing at sea and in ports.
Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue received Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) Bernd Lange on September 8, highlighting his hope that Vietnam - EU relations will be increasingly reinforced and substantive.
Vietnam is ready to work with countries in the region and the international community to strengthen cooperation and share experiences in combating illegal fishing, stated Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang.
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.
This morning, the Con Co Border Guard Command in the Central Province of Quang Tri spread information against Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, which means capturing a wide variety of fishing activity including illegal fishing, unreported fishing, and unregulated fishing.
For four years, the Government and ministries, state agencies have encouraged Vietnamese fishermen to upgrade their fishing capacity and strictly observe international laws. Lately, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has directed that the fisheries industry try their best in 2021 to be lifted from the European Commission’s warning of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) a long time ago.
Numerous stronger measures have been implemented by 28 coastal provinces and cities nationwide in the past four years in a bid to prevent and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, towards developing a sustainable fishery sector, having the European Commission (EC)’s “yellow card” lifted and promoting Vietnam’s seafood exports.