(vasep.com.vn) 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".
The United States is a global leader in sustainable fisheries and is one of the major countries early engaged in international efforts to combat IUU fishing and trade fraud through operational programs, measures and legal systems to minimize fishing and trade in IUU catches that damage the marine environment and fisheries resources.
In recent years, the United States has had specific programs and regulations to combat IUU fishing such as the 2015 IUU Anti-Catching Enforcement Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Dolphin-safe program, the Program to Control Imported Fisheries ... according to the regulations applicable to commercial fisheries and export fisheries of the countries. Subjects of application are products imported from identified countries that may have IUU fishing or effects affecting marine mammals.
In addition to the anti-IUU regulations and recommendations that the EU asked Vietnam to implement after issuing the IUU yellow card warning on October 23, 2017, the US regulations are also having a significant impact on the export of Vietnamese seafood to this market.
The United States is always one of the three largest seafood import markets of Vietnam, but the strict regulations of this market make the US share go from 20% in previous years to 17% of the total seafood export turnover of Vietnam in the past 2 years. For Vietnamese seafood and the world, the United States is always an important market, so maintaining stability and boosting exports to this market is not only to increase foreign currency for the country but also affirm the credit and position of Vietnamese seafood in the world market.
With the aim of helping the Vietnamese fisheries community, especially seafood exporters to know about the latest and important information and regulations of the US market related to combating IUU fishing, fishing, responsible farming and exporting, ensuring food safety and hygiene standards, the International Cooperation Department - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development collaborated with the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) to compile and publish a guidebook called "A Guide to Compliance with Regulations on Combating IUU Fishing and Necessary Recommendations for Exporting Seafood to the United States".
The guidebook covers the concepts, regulations and programs of combating IUU fishing and marine resource conservation by FAO of the United Nations, the United States and Vietnam, with emphasis on regulations and the US programs that apply to exporting countries such as the anti-IUU fishing program, the seafood import surveillance program, the marine mammal conservation program, as well as the introduction of food safety regulations that seafood producers and exporters need to care about and comply with when exporting to this market.
The small 70-page manual, printed in A5 size the book is hopefully a useful document, helping the farming community, fishermen and businesses to realize and improve production, processing and export processes, aiming to maintain the market and increase seafood export turnover to the United States.