Combat IUU Fishing

EC highly appreciates Vietnams efforts to overcome IUU yellow card
08:27 11/16/2021

The southern province of Kien Giang aims to resolutely minimise and end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, develop and implement a project on consolidating and rearranging fishing vessels in the province to provide stable work for fishermen, ensuring sustainability in preventing IUU fishing.

The European Commission (EC)'s unremoved yellow card warning is one of the major challenges for Vietnam's seafood exports.

On June 28, 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development issued Decision 2840/QD-BNN-TCTS on the designation and publication of a list of seaports eligible for fishing vessels, transport and transshipment vessels of foreign-caught aquatic products landing at ports for import, temporary import for re-export, and transit of caught aquatic products through the Vietnamese territory.

The Prime Minister recently issued Directive 17 on the inter-sectoral coordination mechanism between departments, ministries and localities in exchanging and processing information, to prevent and move to stop fishing vessel situation Vietnam violates regulations on combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in foreign waters.

The recognition that fishing ports have adequate systems to verify the origin of caught fish is the basis for establishing fisheries management measures, which well meet regulations against IUU fishing.

( Norway supports human resources, experts, and financial resources within the framework of bilateral cooperation to help Vietnam's fisheries sector enforce the fisheries law...

( In 2021, VASEP will continue its activities on the basis of joining hands with the local provinces and fishermen as well as implementing a program to support member enterprises to better fulfill their commitment against IUU fishing.

( According to Mr. Nguyen Van Tam, Director of Kien Giang Fisheries Sub-Department, Kien Giang is one of the leading provinces in piloting the installation of cruise monitoring equipment on fishing ships before the Fisheries Law takes effect. The province is determined to install equipment according to regulations, ensuring that all active fishing boats must install cruise monitoring equipment (VMS) when going to sea.

( In March 2021, the Department of International Cooperation - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development cooperated with the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) to compile and publish the guidebook "A Guide to Compliance with Regulations on Combating IUU Fishing and Necessary Recommendations for Exporting Seafood to the United States".

( In the first 3 months of 2021, the weather situation was quite favorable for fishing activities, fishing fleets of Binh Dinh province still maintained the number and intensity of fishing activities, so the exploitation output increased compared to the same period of 2020.

Binh Thuan province has asked localities to promptly complete the installation of Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) on all fishing vessels and acquire the necessary data as part of efforts to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU) .

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has urged localities to adopt drastic measures to fight irregular, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu has adopted a wide range of measures to raise awareness and legal understanding among local fishermen about preventing and fighting illegal fishing.

The southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has ordered its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to get tougher on illegal fishing in foreign waters by local fishing ships and their owners.

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