Vietnam on right track in fighting against IUU fishing

Saturday, 2019-12-28 17:55:37
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Deputy Director of the Directorate of Fisheries Nguyen Quang Hung speaking at the conference
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NDO – The European Commission (EC) Inspection Delegation on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing appreciated and gave thanks for the commitments and political determination as well as the great efforts made by Vietnam in the fight against IUU fishing and the implementation of the EC’s recommendations.

The information was released at a conference held by the Directorate of Fisheries (DoF) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the central city of Da Nang on December 28, which aimed to disseminate the results of the delegation.

The EC’s inspection team hailed Vietnam’s efforts in completing the legal framework, creating a comprehensive legal basis to combat IUU fishing in accordance with international standards, including the revision of the Fisheries Law and issuance of two Decrees and Circulars guiding the implementation of the Law.

Vietnam has also joined and is set take an approach to the implementation of the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures and the United Nations Straddling Fish Stocks Agreement.

The EC’s delegation hailed Vietnam’s goodwill, cooperation, transparency and honesty in providing and exchanging information during their time in Vietnam; while confirming that Vietnam has made a lot of progress compared to the first inspection in May 2018 and is on the right track as implementing the Fisheries Law and legal guiding documents and improving the monitoring, control and supervision of fishing vessels (MCS).

Vietnam has made great efforts in increasing the management of fishing density through freezing offshore fishing fleets, and MARD issued a decision on assigning a quota to offshore fishing permits for 28 coastal provinces.

However, the EC’s delegation also revealed some shortcomings, such as the slow issuance of the two decrees compared to the commitment, inconsistent sanctioning on violations and limitations in time for marking fishing vessels and installing cruise equipment for fishing ships with a length of 15m or more.

The DoF has devised key tasks for the next six months towards overcoming the limitations: enhancing the implementation of the Fisheries Law and related legal documents; inspecting and strictly handling violations, controlling Vietnamese fishing vessels with illegal fishing in Vietnamese waters; and effectively implementing regulations related to the monitoring, control and supervision of fishing vessels; and installing cruise monitoring and traceability of imported materials and equipment.

The EC’s inspection team worked in Vietnam from November 5-14 to inspect the implementation of EC’s recommendations on IUU fishing in Vietnam.

Vietnam has made great efforts in combating IUU fishing.