|Provinces in the Mekong Delta rolled out measures to tighten inspection over illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing prevention and control__Photo: VNA|
The Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre has rolled out measures to tighten inspection over illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing prevention and control activities in the locality.
Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Minh Canh said that the locality will launch a campaign against IUU fishing on mass media in preparation for receiving the European Committee (EC) inspection team this month.
Along with continuing to equip fishing boats with vessel monitoring systems (VMS), the province has focused on supervising the operation of vessels with a high risk of violating IUU fishing regulations and those operating in bordering waters.
It has coordinated with the coast guard force to handle arising issues at sea to prevent violations, while monitoring vessel activities in ports.
Since 2022, Ben Tre has deleted the registration of 643 vessels that no longer operate, while granting exploitation licenses to 89.62 percent of the local fishing vessels.
From 2019, the province has crossed out and handled 28 vessels violating foreign waters, collecting an administrative fine of VND 20.15 billion (USD 824,805).
As part of efforts to combat IUU fishing, the central province of Quang Ngai on October 4 decided to fine the owners of two fishing vessels in Quang Ngai city with a fine of nearly VND 900 million for violations in fishing activities and vessel registration.
Over the years, Quang Ngai has worked hard to increase awareness and implement the Fisheries Law and fishing regulations among local fishermen, while strengthening supervision over IUU fishing activities, thus joining efforts to remove the EC’s “yellow card” on Vietnamese seafood export.
Earlier on October 2, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Phuoc Hien signed documents asking the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to coordinate with relevant agencies to inspect and handle 45 24m-long vessels losing VMS signals for more than 10 days.
Meanwhile, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang is finalizing preparations to receive the EC inspection team from October 10-15.
Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Quang Trong Thao said that the locality has committed to strong IUU combat, developing a responsible and sustainable fisheries sector by enforcing the Fishery Law 2017.
Thao said that the EC team will focus on examining the activities of vessels at fishing ports, the control of fishing violations on foreign waters, the implementation of regulations on VMS installation as well as regulations on registration and license issuance for fishing vessels. They also plan to review the control over the origin of seafood exported to Europe. It will work with a number of local firms engaging in exporting seafood to Europe to inspect their dossiers and procedures of tracing product origin, he added.
Chairman of the Kien Giang People’s Committee Lam Minh Thanh asked the department to coordinate with other sectors to make documents for working sessions with the EC inspection team, clearly showing the locality’s determination and drastic actions in developing responsible and sustainable fisheries as well as preventing and fighting IUU fishing and observing EC recommendations.
So far, 99.32 percent fishing vessels with a length from 15m in Kien Giang have installed a VMS device, while the rate of vessels with daily VMS contact has reached 75 percent, 15 percent higher than the country’s average.- (VNA/VLLF)