IUU fishing prevention and control plan by 2025 approved
VGP - Viet Nam targets to prevent, reduce and eliminate illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and remove the European Commission's “yellow card” on Vietnamese seafood exports, according to the recently-ratified IUU fishing prevention and control plan by 2025.
The plan also aims to monitor fishing activities, protect marine resources and ecosystems and develop Viet Nam's fisheries towards sustainability, responsibility and international integration, contributing to improving people's lives, ensuring national security and defense and protecting the country's sovereignty.
Accordingly, before deporting, all fishing vessels with the maximum length of 15 meters or more must install cruise monitoring equipment while all of aquatic products must be inspected and supervised throughout the process of loading and unloading at the ports.
Meanwhile, all of the fishery products originating from foreign fishing vessels arriving at Vietnamese ports will be inspected and supervised in line with the regulations of the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA).
Key tasks for IUU fishing prevention and control
1 – Communicatingon IUU fishing prevention and control
2 - Completing the legal framework, mechanisms, and policies
3 - Investing in upgrading and completing fisheries infrastructure and consolidating organizational apparatus; enhancing the capacity of fishing ports
4 - Improving the capacity and efficiency of patrol, inspection and control at seas of the fisheries surveillance forces and other relevant functional forces
5 - Monitoring, inspecting and controlling fishing vessel activities
6 – Promoting law enforcement; handling IUU fishing activities
7 - Tracing the origin of aquatic products
8 – Realizing international treaties and agreements; enhancing international cooperation
In October 2017, the European Commission issued a "yellow card" warning for Vietnamese seafood exported to the EU as Vietnamese fishing vessels and fishermen violated the IUU fishing regulations./.