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PM approves National Steering Committee on IUU Fishing

Released at: 15:59, 21/05/2019

PM approves National Steering Committee on IUU Fishing

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Committee to assist PM in dealing with matters relating to illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

by Long Van

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved the establishment of the National Steering Committee on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Prevention and Control, according to a report from the Vietnam News Agency on May 21.

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung was named Director of the Committee, while Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong is one of several deputy directors.

Members of the committee include central officials, provincial leaders, and others.

The committee is to help the Prime Minister deal with important and inter-sectoral issues relating to IUU fishing and is also responsible for urging ministries, sectors, and localities to step up IUU fishing prevention to meet international practices and agreements Vietnam has signed.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is the standing office of the committee, with the responsibility for ensuring the committee’s operation and supervising the implementation of IUU fishing prevention efforts by other ministries, sectors, and localities, and submitting reports on the results to the committee’s director and the Prime Minister.

On October 23, 2017, the EC issued a “yellow card” warning to Vietnam after the country failed to demonstrate sufficient progress in the fight against IUU fishing.

Countries that fail to meet EC standards are given a “yellow card”, followed by a “green card” if the problems are resolved, or a “red card” if they are not. A red card can lead to a trade ban on fishery products.

Under the EC requirements, Vietnam’s seafood sector had 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 fisheries resources; ensuring the enforcement of the country’s revised laws; and strengthening the implementation of international rules and management measures.

The EC also asked Vietnam to issue sanctions against IUU fishing, which should be codified in the revised Law on Fisheries, and give concrete evidence of its efforts in fighting IUU fishing.

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