More efforts required to remove EC’s “yellow card” warning

Wednesday, 2019-04-24 11:35:47
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NDO/VNA – Localities need to take stronger actions to counter the European Commission’s illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU) yellow card warning, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien.

Speaking at a conference held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in Hanoi on April 23, Tien said that as per results of inspections, localities nationwide had not yet implemented drastic enough measures to deal with the yellow card.

Storm shelter infrastructure for ships has not met requirements, while the upgrading of fishing ports and fishery logistics has not received adequate attention, human resources for fisheries management are not sufficient, and the rate of ships keeping fishing records as required reached only 21.2%, he said.

This resulted in the traceability of caught seafood falling short of EC requirements, he noted.

Deputy Director of the Directorate of Fisheries Nguyen Quang Hung underlined the necessity to raise awareness of fisheries management agencies at all levels and fishing communities towards combating IUU.

EC recommendations have been integrated into the Law on Fisheries 2017 and documents guiding the law of the Government and the MARD, Hung said.

The violation of fishing vessels on the waters of Pacific Island countries has almost ceased, while the inspection and control of fishing vessels operating on the sea has made progress, he said.

However, he noted that violations have not been handled strictly according to the direction of the Government and the Prime Minister, with law enforcement to prevent Vietnamese fishing vessels from exploit illegally seafood in foreign waters proving to be ineffective.

Hung informed that around the end of May to early June 2019, an inspection delegation from the EC’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) will begin a fact-finding trip to Vietnam to inspect the implementation of recommendations related to the fight against IUU fishing.

He urged relevant ministries and sectors nationwide, and authorities of 28 coastal localities to make more efforts and mobilise resources to effectively implement the work.