No more illegal fishing since beginning of 2018
Updated : Monday, May 07, 2018 3:01 PM (GMT+0700)

Thereare no longer fishing boats that have committed illegal catching since thebeginning of 2018, heard a conference held by the Ministry of Agriculture andRural Development (MARD) on May 5. 

Illustrative image - Source:VNA

Chaired by Deputy Ministerof Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam, the event was to prepare forworking sessions with a delegation from the European Commission’s (EC)Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, which will visitVietnam from May 16-23 to inspect the country’s implementation of the EC’s ninerecommendations related to the fight against illegal, unreported andunregulated (IUU) fishing.

Tam said after the EC issueda “yellow card” warning to Vietnam, the MARD has proposed amendments to therevised Law on Fisheries that will come into effect in 2019; andissued a circular banning illegal fishing.

Local authorities have alsomanaged more closely offshore fishing boats and upgraded fishing ports to meetthe EC’s standards, he added. 

Through its planned fieldtrip, the EC delegation will observe the time of unloading of foreign transportrefrigerated ships at Vietnamese ports, and have technical working sessionswith the Vietnamese side on imported seafood materials.

After the inspection, the EUwill give its final decision over whether it seeks to withdraw the “yellowcard” from Vietnamese offshore seafood.

On October 23, 2017, the ECissued a "yellow card" warning to Vietnam, after the country failedto demonstrate sufficient progress in the fight against fishing worldwide.Though the measure was considered a warning, which would not technically affectthe EC trade policy, the Vietnamese fishing industry was concerned that theyellow card would seriously harm the reputation of Vietnamese seafoodworldwide, thus weakening sales. 

According to EC’srequirement, the Vietnamese seafood sector had to implement ninerecommendations in six months from October 23, 2017, to April 23, 2018.

The nine recommendationsincluded revision of the legal framework to ensure compliance withinternational and regional rules applicable to the conservation and managementof fisheries resources, ensuring the effective implementation and enforcementof the country’s revised laws, and strengthening the effective implementationof international rules and management measures.

As the yellow card couldaffect the prestige and trade of Vietnamese seafood in the European and globalmarkets, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) andbusinesses have also made every effort to cooperate with authorised agenciesand with one another to fight IUU fishing over the last six months.

The association hasregularly updated the list of fisheries businesses committing to IUU fishingprevention on its website in both English and Vietnamese, thus showingVietnamese firms’ consensus and determination to EU importers and managerialagencies.

On April 20, Vietnamsubmitted a report on its efforts to address IUU fishing to the EC. Thedelegation’s upcoming inspection is to assess local IUU fishing prevention.


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