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Sea exploiters face heightened fines

Update: December, 02/2013 - 09:13

Viet Nam Marine Police force.—Photo qdnd

HA NOI (VNS) — Fines for illegally invading sea and island areas and the continental shelf of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam for tourism purposes will be as high as VND1 billion(US$48,000) under a new decree that comes into effect on January 1.

Offences such as installing undersea cables and pipelines without the government's permission and illegally exploiting sea currents, wind energy and other non-living resources will face penalties of VND800 million-1 billion ($38,400-48,000).

Individuals or organisations caught committing activities that could negatively affect legal undersea cables and pipelines will face charges of VND400-500 million($19,200 – 24,000).

Other violations in aqua management, environmental protection and maritime activities beyond port waters will also be subject to punishment. — VNS

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