Combat IUU Fishing

On November 15, 2018, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development promulgated a Circular No. 21/2018/TT-BNNPTNT on preparation and submission of fishing reports and fishing logbooks; publishing of list of fishing ports designated to issue statement of fishery products processed from catches, and IUU vessel list; validation of catch statements for raw materials and catch certificates.

Fisheries Committee MEPs visited Hanoi and Vietnamese coastal provinces last week, to look into Vietnam's efforts in fighting illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.

On October 18th 2018, the EU and the Republic of Korea have pledged to work closely together to fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing with a joint statement signed by European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, and Mr Kim Young-Choon, Minister for Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea. The signing took place on the eve of a bilateral EU-Republic of Korea Summit.

Vietnam has been active in implementing nine recommendations related to the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing of the European Commission (EC) to ensure responsible and sustainable fisheries, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Nguyen Xuan Cuong.

On Feb 2nd 2018, the Government promulgates the Decree No. 17/2018/ND-CP providing amendments to the Government’s Decree No. 67/2014/ND-CP dated July 07, 2014 on certain fishery development policies.

On 16 January 2018, the Prime Minister of Vietnam has issued the Decision No 78/QĐ-TTg on national plan of action to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing up to 2025.

On November 21, 2017, The National Assembly of Vietnam promulgated Law No. 18/2017/QH14 on Fishery

In 2008, the European Commission (EC) issued Regulation 1005/2008 on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). According to the regulation, the countries exporting exploited products to the European Union (EU) must comply with the regulations on IUU.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) The PM has sent official telegram No. 732/CD-TTg on prevention, reduction and stopping of infringements by Vietnamese fishing vessels and fishermen regarding illegal fishing in foreign countries’ waters.

The People’s Committee of Da Nang has promulgated a plan on fisheries inspection across the central city to ensure the origins of aquatic products.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) Illegal fishing will not be purchased by businesses, which makes ocean tuna fishers do not violate illegal fishing.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) On April 25, at the Seafood Expo Global organized in Brussels, Belgium on 24-26 April, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in cooperation with Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) and the Vietnam Embassy in Belgium, held a press conference.

April 23, 2018 marked the deadline of the six-month period given to Vietnam to improve performance in preventing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing under the European Commission (EC)’s yellow card warning.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre recently held three training courses to raise public awareness of the necessity to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.


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