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Experts urge data system for sea, island management

Update: March, 29/2012 - 10:28


Seamen in the southern province of Ca Mau use single-sideband radios which provide them with information about weather. An integrated data information system is needed to manage maritime activities. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Huy Hai
HA NOI — Viet Nam should have an integrated data information system to manage activities relating to the national sea and islands, said Nguyen Van Cu, head of the Viet Nam Administration of Sea and Islands under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

At a conference in the capital on Tuesday, Cu said the system would help supervise and control illegal exploitation of Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone, quickly identify the positions of oil slicks and other polluting sources, monitor ecosystems in the sea and provide information to manage and protect sea resources.

He said the system would operate with co-operation from Collecte Localisation Satellites, a French Space Agency organisation, adding that it was imperative in strengthening sea security.

In a related move, international and domestic scientists released nine reports as key components for building the system.

The reports outline activities to establish more sea radar stations, applying remote sensing technology and equipping satellite-monitoring devices on 3,000 fishing vessels in 28 coastal provinces.

The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Nguyen Minh Quang, said the building of the integrated data information system was part of the Viet Nam Sea Strategy up to the year 2020 to make the nation stronger and richer.

Cu said Viet Nam had a 3,260-km coastline and more than 3,000 islands. "So, our country has high potential for sea resources to contribute to the national socio-economic development," he added.

However, he said the current data system for studying the sea resources and environment was scattered and inconsistent. This led to ineffective management of these resources. — VNS

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