PM mandates allocation of resources to combat IUU fishing.

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    Nov 6, 2023

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PM Pham Minh Chinh urges ministries and localities to address weaknesses in combating illegal fishing, ensuring sufficient resources are allocated.


On November 4, the leader transmitted a message to various government officials and local authorities regarding an important matter. The recipients included the ministers of agriculture and rural development, finance, transport, information and communications, justice, foreign affairs, public security, and national defense, as well as the chairpersons of the People's Committees of coastal cities and provinces.

The dispatch highlighted the PM's emphasis on the significant strides achieved in the work during the last six years. However, it also shed light on certain deficiencies and constraints that came to light during the European Commission (EC)'s latest inspection conducted between October 10-18. These drawbacks encompassed unlawful activities carried out by fishing vessels in international waters, insufficient adherence to legal regulations at various localities, and subpar performance concerning traceability and the resolution of infractions.

Additionally, he highlighted the factors contributing to these issues, primarily attributing them to the negligence of numerous management agencies and local authorities. He urged ministers and chairpersons to assume greater accountability and demonstrate unwavering determination in order to eliminate the European Commission's "yellow card" warning imposed on Vietnamese seafood. This critical assessment is scheduled to take place during the fifth inspection in the second quarter of 2024.

Chinh stressed the importance of taking firm action against both organizations and individuals found guilty of violations. He also highlighted the need to enhance communication efforts, revise and add to existing legal regulations, establish mechanisms and policies that aim at supporting the livelihoods of fishermen, and closely monitor fishing fleets.

He suggested that in addition to focusing on traceability, it is crucial to prioritize international cooperation. This can be achieved through negotiations and the establishment of hotlines between Vietnam and neighboring countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Regular inspections of IUU combat should be conducted, and the outcomes need to be reported to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development by the 25th day of every month. Subsequently, the reports should be forwarded to the Prime Minister, who also serves as the head of the National Steering Committee on IUU Fishing Prevention and Control.

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