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Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in crosshairs

Released at: 09:12, 26/01/2018

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in crosshairs

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PM approves national action plan to prevent unregulated fishing to 2025.

by Van Long

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has recently approved a national action plan to prevent, mitigate, and eliminate illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing to 2025, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

The plan aims to promote the sustainable development of fisheries and contribute to ensuring national security as well as regional and international integration.

Key tasks to be carried out from now to April include approving an ocean fishing project and offshore fishing planning to 2020 with a vision to 2030. An inter-sectoral working group will be established to direct and coordinate actions against IUU fishing, along with a system to examine materials imported for seafood processing. Adjustment will be made to ensure the effective operation of a mechanism tracing the origin of domestically-exploited seafood.

The Prime Minister also asked for technical upgrades at coastal stations run by the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries and 28 coastal cities and provinces to supervise and use information provided by fishing vessels. 

A database of the fisheries sector will be set up to verify, certify, and trace the origin of domestic seafood while denying the import of products identified as being caught from IUU fishing.

From May 2018 to 2020, relevant organizations must enhance measures to cease all illegal fishing by Vietnamese ships and fishermen in local and international waters. Strict punishment will be meted out to ship owners, fishermen, and transporters of products from boats involved in IUU fishing, while policies will be designed to ensure sustainable livelihoods for fishermen.

Fisheries surveillance forces at all levels will be strengthened to improve their capacity in patrolling, inspecting, and handling legal violations in the country’s waters. A roadmap will be built for the compulsory installation and operation of fishing vessel monitoring equipment on all domestic fishing boats.

From 2021 to 2025, one of the main tasks will be establishing three large fisheries centers along with fishing ports and a network of logistics facilities to receive foreign fishing vessels.

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