Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam will further intensify the long-term efforts it has made over the past more than four years to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing for a sustainable fishing sector and the lifting of the “yellow card” warning from the European Commission on the country.
Stopping IUU fishing has been defined as the responsibility not only of fishermen and fishing companies, but of the entire political system with the aim of increasing the prestige of the fishing industry and Vietnam in the global arena.
Therefore, educating fishers about legal fishing was seen as the paramount task, especially when traditional practices have been rooted there for generations.
During the year, the Department of National Defense took the initiative to educate fishers about sustainable fishing by coordinating with other forces, sectors and localities to popularize related legal regulations among fishers.
The ministry’s steering committee on IUU fishing combat has guided the units concerned to continue the work this year in collaboration with the authorized agencies.
Technological solutions have been applied to strengthen the surveillance of fishing vessels, while the border guard force has closely monitored the movement of vessels on the docks. At the same time, naval and coastguard forces have stepped up patrols in national waters, both to safeguard national sovereignty and protect fishers, and to prevent, detect and promptly deal with violations by fishing vessels and fishermen.
As part of the fight against IUU fishing, the 28 coastal localities have taken rapid measures to implement the missions entrusted by the National Steering Committee for 2022.
The local people’s committees have instructed the departments of agriculture and rural development to review all ongoing measures based on the recommendations of the European Commission. The movements of fishing vessels and catches have also been closely monitored, as well as measures to ensure the traceability of fishery products.
Coastal Districts are stepping up educational activities to ensure that all local officials and residents fully understand the regulations and laws relating to sustainable fishing development and IUU fishing. Districts will continue to come up with mechanisms and measures to help fishers adopt new practices and secure their livelihoods, while accelerating the establishment of vessel monitoring systems (VMS) on all fishing vessels and endeavoring to issue a certificate of origin for all local fish products./.