Thousands of fishing boats to be equipped with monitoring devices
Updated : Friday, November 02, 2018 2:33 PM (GMT+0700)

Vietnamwill finish installing monitoring devices on nearly 3,000 offshore fishingboats in early 2019, a move to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)fishing, according to the Directorate of Fisheries.

Fishing boats at Ba Hon Estuary in Kien Luong district, Kien Giang province - Photo: VNA

These devices are compulsoryfor vessels with length of 24 metres or more under European Commission (EC)regulations.

The Directorate of Fisheriessaid Vietnam has sufficient legal tools and strictly enforced rules on the management,licensing and registration of fishing boats, and for ensuring the security andsafety of those vessels at sea.

It has also issued resolutionsand mechanisms to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure security andsafety for fishing boats at sea.

The EC imposed a “yellow card”warning on Vietnam in October last year after the country had failed todemonstrate sufficient progress in the fight against IUU fishing. 

Countries that fail to meet ECstandards are given a "yellow card", followed by a "greencard" if the problems are resolved, or a "red card" if they arenot. A red card can lead to a trade ban on fishery products.

A delegation from the EuropeanParliament’s Committee on Fisheries has made a fact-finding tour of somecoastal provinces of Vietnam to inspect efforts to address IUU fishing.


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