Vietnam vows to work towards sustainable fishery
Updated : Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:49 AM (GMT+0700)

TheVietnamese Government’s decision on July 9 to join the Agreement on Port StateMeasures (PSMA) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to preventand fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing has receivedpositive response from the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) and theinternational community.

Fisherman provided with knowledge on fishing-related laws - Source: VNA

The statement was made byNguyen Ngoc Oai, General Director of the Directorate of Fisheries under theMinistry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency on the sidelines ofthe 33rd COFI session held at the FAO’s headquarters in Rome, Italy,from July 9-13.

The move was of moresignificance as it was announced during the COFI’s regular session in front ofFAO leaders and representatives of member states, Oai said.

COFI leaders and delegateshighly evaluated Vietnam’s decision, affirming that it demonstrated thecountry’s responsible commitments to international issues towards thesustainable development of fishery, he stressed.

According to the official,with its participation in PSMA – the first important international agreement onfishery, Vietnam will focus on building legal frameworks, intensifyingmanagement over foreign ships and imported seafood, increasing informationexchange between parties involved and strengthening monitoring over offshorefishing.

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 was assessedto be a turning point in the fight against law violations in the fisheriessector. 

As of May 2018, PSMA hadbeen joined by 54 nations and the European Union (EU), of which the EU, the USand Japan are Vietnam’s important seafood export markets.

COFI, a subsidiary body ofthe FAO Council, was established by the FAO Conference at its 13th Session in1965.

The committee presentlyconstitutes the only global inter-governmental forum where major internationalfisheries and aquaculture problems and issues are examined and recommendationsaddressed to governments, regional fishery bodies, NGOs, fishworkers, FAO andinternational community, periodically on a world-wide basis.


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