PM orders intensifying measures against IUU fishing
Updated : Friday, September 21, 2018 4:09 PM (GMT+0700)

ThePrime Minister has issued a public dispatch ordering ministries and People’sCommittees of 28 coastal provinces and centrally-run cities to furtherintensify measures to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. 

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

The document acknowledgedprogress in the fight against IUU fishing thanks to implementation of the PM’sDirective 45/CT-TTg dated December 13, 2017 on urgent tasks and measures torespond to the EC’s warning about IUU fishing. It noted improvements ininstitutions and better awareness of fishermen and society in general about theIUU situation, while international cooperation with other countries andinternational organisations in fighting IUU practices has beenstrengthened. 

Despite those outcomes, thedispatch stressed that the work has not met requirements, citing assessment ofthe EC delegation after a field survey in Vietnam from May 16-24 this year. TheEC delegation said Vietnamese ships’ violations of foreign waters are stillcommon, law enforcement on IUU practices is not strict enough, the credibilityof certification of seafood is not high, and the system for monitoring fishingvessels has not met requirement. 

To address existingshortcomings and prepare for a working session with a delegation of theEuropean Parliament Committee on Fisheries in October this year and the secondinspection of the EC in early 2019, the PM listed urgent tasks for relevantministries and authorities of 28 coastal provinces and cities in thedispatch. 

Accordingly, the People’sCommittees of coastal provinces and cities must accelerate the recovery ofMovimar satellite geo-positioning devices installed in fishing vessels of below24 metres in length for installation in those of 24 metres and over in length,and impose strict punishment on those ships which fail to operate themonitoring equipment around the clock as required. 

The provinces and cities arerequired to further tighten the control of fishing vessels’ movement throughports along with vessels’ catches and fishing itineraries, and the verificationand granting of certification for seafood origin in line withregulations. 

Local authorities must holdpatrols in waters under their management in order to timely detect and stop IUUfishing, and keep close monitoring of local fishing vessels on long fishingtrips. They should coordinate and share information with other localities andrelevant agencies for quick response to any IUU activity. 

Meanwhile, the PM instructedthe Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to work out a plan for theestablishment of a national steering committee for controlling IUU fishing.

The Defence Ministry shouldcoordinate with relevant agencies to enhance inspection and supervision work atsea, particularly overlapping and disputed waters, and at fishing ports, whileimposing stricter punishment of violations of anti-IUU rules. 

The Finance Ministry isrequired to allocate funds to the system monitoring fishing vessels usingMovimar technology during 2019-2020.

The PM also specified tasksfor several other ministries in the dispatch.


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