|Fishing boats anchored at An Thoi port, Kien Giang province__Photo: VNA|
Ministries and localities are required to ensure resources to fix limitations and shortcomings in the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, according to the Prime Minister’s dispatch dated November 4.
The Prime Minister stressed that progress has been made in IUU fishing combat over the past six years, yet limitations and shortcomings were revealed during the European Commission (EC)’s 4th inspection from October 10-18 such as illegal operations by fishing boats in foreign waters, unconcerted implementation of legal regulations in localities, and poor performance in traceability and settlement of violations.
He also pointed to causes behind the problems, mainly the negligence of many relevant management agencies and localities, and asked the ministers and chairpersons to raise their responsibility and stayed resolved to have the EC’s “yellow card” warning against Vietnamese seafood removed during its 5th inspection, slated for the second quarter of 2024.
Chinh emphasized the need to strictly handle organizations and individuals that commit violations, step up the communications work, revise relevant legal regulations, issue mechanisms and policies in support of fishermen’s livelihoods, and monitor fishing fleets.
Apart from a closer look on traceability, more attention should be paid to international cooperation, he said, suggesting negotiations and signing of hotlines between Vietnam and Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Inspections over the IUU combat must be carried out regularly, with results to be reported to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development by the 25th day of each month and then sent to the PM, who is also head of the National Steering Committee on IUU Fishing Prevention and Control.- (VLLF)