Vietnam works to stop illegal fishing

According to Vu Van Tam, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the issuance of the EC’s illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) yellow card has brought positive results as the number of illegal fishing vessels has decreased. The Central coastal province of Khanh Hoa is one of several key provinces for tuna fishing with a large offshore fishing fleet. Being aware of the issue of illegal fishing, the province has tried drastic solutions as well as disseminated information among its fishermen to understand and practice responsible fishing. A fisherman and his catch off the coast of Nam Dinh province. Photo for illustration: Minh Quyet Vo Khac En, Deputy Director of the Khanh Hoa Fisheries Sub-Department, said IUU fishing in the province was rare. However, after several cases of illegal fishing were reported recently in the adjacent areas, the sub-department immediately informed the fishermen about the range and geographic coordinates within which fishing was permitted. “When the fishing vessel returns to the port, the sub-department sends its staff to the port to get information. If the fishing vessel is found to have violated any norm, it will not be granted fishing permit and will not get State preferences. In fact, the fishing vessel will be recovered permanently if it violates fishing norms a second time,” said En. Quang Trong Thao, Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Kien Giang province, said after the Prime Minister signed the official letter 732/CD-TTg on preventing, minimizing and stopping Vietnamese… [Read full story]


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