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Stronger measures needed to combat IUU fishing: Deputy PM

Update: September, 09/2020 - 15:39

 

Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng speaks at the the fourth session of the National Steering Committee for IUU Prevention on Tuesday. Photo baochinhphu.vn

HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has urged stronger and more drastic measures to meet recommendations made by the European Commission (EC) to remove its yellow card warning for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

Addressing the fourth session of the National Steering Committee for IUU Prevention on Tuesday, Dũng said that Việt Nam had co-ordinated closely with the EC to fight IUU fishing and achieved significant progress by enforcing the EC's recommendations.

However, this was not enough, Dũng stressed, pointing to slow implementation in several localities.

He assigned the Ministry of Defence to intensify patrols in overlapping and undefined waters between Việt Nam and other countries.

The Ministry of Public Security has been instructed to strictly investigate cases related to Vietnamese fishing vessels operating illegally in other countries’ waters, and strengthen international co-operation in this field.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been asked to speed up negotiations on agreements for the delimitation of special economic zones between Việt Nam and other countries, and exert efforts to ensure the legitimate interests of Vietnamese fishermen when they are arrested illegally by foreign forces.

For a long-term solution, the Deputy PM emphasised the need to reduce exploitation and increasing aquaculture.

Speaking at the event, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường said that in the three years since receiving the yellow card warning, Việt Nam had completed a number of the recommendations made by the EC, with the national steering committee set up and a number of related decrees, circulars and legal documents issued.

The number of Vietnamese fishing boats seized by foreign forces in the first eight months of 2020 decreased, and 80.61 per cent of vessels with a length of 15m or more had been equipped with monitoring systems as of August 31.

According to the minister, the had EC acknowledged Việt Nam’s efforts, but noted that there some fishermen were still violating foreign fishing zones.

If these violations continued, the commission would not withdraw its yellow card, he added. — VNS

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