Vietnam to impose harsh punishments on illegal fishing
Updated : Wednesday, April 04, 2018 2:36 PM (GMT+0700)

Acaptain who fishes illegally will see his boat driving licence revoked and hisvessel banned from fishing, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and RuralDevelopment Ha Cong Tuan.

Illustrative image - Source: VNA

Tuan mentioned thepunishment at a ministry press conference in Hanoi on April 3, stating that thebody will crack down on the problem.  

The official saidinter-sector working groups have been established to join local monitoring ofillegal fishing, recording a reduced number of violations.

Concerning Vietnam’s effortsto fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, he said ahigh-ranking delegation from his ministry, led by Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong,visited the EU to discuss how the country has worked to address the issue toclear the European Commission (EC)’s “yellow card”.

Vietnam received a “yellowcard” from the EC because of its failure to meet standards over IUU fishing onOctober 23, 2017 and was given six months to rectify the situation. 

Tuan noted that the EUacknowledged Vietnam’s efforts but pointed to some shortcomings. An ECdelegation will visit Vietnam this April to examine the work so far, he added.

Regarding the US’simposition of anti-dumping duties on tra fish, Deputy Director of Directorateof Fisheries Nguyen Quang Hung said this was an unreasonable action.

He said his directorate andthe Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) are workingwith businesses and other relevant sectors to appeal against the judgment atthe Court of International Trade.

In the 13th administrativereview (POR13), the US imposed an anti-dumping tax on Vietnamese tra fish fiveto six times higher than the previous tax, which was 0.69 USD per kilo.

According to VASEP,Vietnamese businesses are not dumping. The selling price of Vietnamese tra fishis cheaper than American fish because inputs such as labour and productionconditions are cheaper than in the US.

“The US’s decision isunilateral and unfair, not matching the rules of the World Trade Organisation.We do not exclude the possibility that we will seriously consider bringing thiscase to international arbitration", said Tuan.

He said Vietnam willincrease bilateral and multilateral meetings to negotiate trade, showing itsefforts in respect to principles of international trade and mutual benefits ofsides involved.


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