Ca Mau (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau is working hard to address the shortcomings and limitations recommended by the European Commission (EC), relating to the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Local agencies at all levels saw the fight as an urgent and regular task and mobilized resources for the work, joining the country’s efforts to eliminate the yellow card warning, and the construction of a responsible fishing sector with sustainable development and international integration.
The provincial Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said up to 99 percent of fishing boats, measuring 15m and more in length, have installed monitoring devices.
Cooperation from shipowners will make it easier for the relevant agencies to monitor fishing activities and deal with incidents at sea, he said.
The chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee ordered the relevant forces to regularly check the vessel monitoring system, saying any violations should be strictly addressed.
On October 23, 2017, the THIS issued a “yellow card” warning against Vietnamese seafood after the country failed to demonstrate sufficient progress in the fight against IUU fishing.
Countries that do not meet EC standards receive a “yellow card”, followed by a “green card” if the issues are resolved, or a “red card” if they are not. A red card can lead to a ban on trade in seafood.
According to EC requirements, the Vietnamese seafood sector was to implement nine recommendations, including revisions of the legal framework to ensure compliance with international and regional rules applicable to the conservation and management of fishery resources; ensure the effective implementation and enforcement of the revised laws of the country; and strengthening the effective implementation of international rules and management measures.
The EC also wanted Vietnam to impose sanctions and increase the level of sanctions against IUU fishing, which should be enshrined in the revised fisheries law, and provide concrete evidence of Vietnam’s efforts in the fight against IUU fishing./.