Vietnam joins FAO’s Agreement on Port State Measures
Updated : Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:11 PM (GMT+0700)

TheVietnamese Government has agreed to join the Agreement on Port State Measures(PSMA) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to prevent and fightillegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

 
The Vietnamese Government has agreed to join the Agreement on Port State Measures
(PSMA) to prevent and fight IUU fishing  - Photo: VNA

The Government assigned theMinistry of Agriculture and Rural Development to coordinate with relevantagencies in implementing the agreement in line with current regulations.

Adopted by FAO membercountries in 2009, the agreement took effect on June 5, 2016. It is assessed tobe a turning point in the fight against law violations in the fisheries sector.

According to the US’s GlobalPolicy Journal website, Vietnam may become a model for ASEAN countries infighting IUU fishing.

Prime Minister Nguyen XuanPhuc issued a national action plan to crack down on IUU fishing.  As partof this drive, 62 seafood companies have joined to ensure sustainablepractices.

The government has issuedseveral decrees and directives, supplemented IUU fishing regulations to legaldocuments, enforced regulations, held educational workshops for fishermen,enhanced cooperation with coastal and island countries to prevent IUU fishingand organized regular dialogues with the EU on efforts to improve fisheriesmanagement.

Other measures includeplacing observers, many of whom are former fishing captains, aboard commercialtrawlers to monitor catches.

Additionally, fishingcaptains have been encouraged to keep an accurate logbook or registry ofcatches for inspection or become subject to fines up to 2,000 USD andrevocation of commercial fishing licences.

Source:VNA

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