|Fishing vessels in the Duong Dong rivermouth of Phu Quoc city, Kien Giang province__Photo: VNA
The Border Guard High Command has issued a plan on a peak crackdown on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing from now through April, it said on January 30.
The plan aims to effectively carry out the anti-IUU fishing tasks assigned to the Border Guard High Command by the Ministry of National Defense.
It also looks to enhance coordination with relevant forces, Party committees, and administrations of localities in taking measures to prevent and put an end to Vietnamese fishing vessels’ illegal operations in foreign waters before April 30 this year.
Under the plan, agencies and units are required to comprehensively implement measures such as communications, situation monitoring, investigation and verification, management, patrol, violation settlement, and the ensuring of security and safety for fishing activities.
The plan also assigned concrete tasks to each agency and unit.
Vietnam has been working hard to carry out the European Commission (EC)’s recommendations about IUU fishing prevention and control, towards the goal of having the EC's yellow card lifted.
The EC issued a “yellow card” warning for Vietnam in this regard in 2017. The "yellow card" is followed by a "green card" if the problem is resolved or a "red card" if it is not. A “red card” may lead to a ban on aquatic exports to the EU.- (VNA/VLLF)