European Commission to send IUU fishing inspection team to Viet Nam in October

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 10:17

Fisherman bringing caught tuna back to shore after a fishing expedition in the south-central province of Phu Yen. — VNA/VNS Photo Pham Cuong

An inspection team from the European Commission (EC) will visit Viet Nam to examine the country’s efforts on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing prevention and control in October instead of May as announced earlier, Tran Dinh Luan, Director of the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said.

Luan said that the EC suggested the organisation of online working sessions with Vietnamese authorities in May, June and October before sending the team to Viet Nam.

In late May, a MARD delegation will have in-person working sessions with EC representatives to update them on Viet Nam's achievements in IUU fishing prevention and control, hoping to narrow the EC’s recommendations to Viet Nam.

Since the EC’s inspection last October, Viet Nam has worked hard to implement four groups of the EC’s recommendations on IUU fishing prevention and control, including those on legal framework; fishing vessel monitoring and control, and fleet management; seafood output verification and origin traceability; and law enforcement.

The MARD has also set up working groups to inspect the situation in coastal localities and instruct them in rolling out measures against IUU fishing and implementing the EC's recommendations.

Meanwhile, ministries, central agencies, and localities have focused on realising their tasks of IUU fishing combat, preventing and settling ships violating foreign waters and IUU fishing activities.

Luan urged ministries, sectors and localities to work harder to fix existing problems, step up communications on regulations against IUU fishing, and prepare to receive the EC inspection team, thus persuading the EC to remove the “yellow card” against Vietnamese seafood exports.

According to the Directorate of Fisheries, as of April 30, up to 28,797 out of 29,489 fishing vessels nationwide had installed vessel monitoring systems (VMS). Most of the remaining vessels have been out of service and kept ashore. — VNS

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