Vietnam aims to remove EC’s warning against IUU fishing next year

21:45 03/01/2022

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has taken synchronous measures in order to remove the European Commission (EC)’s “yellow card” warning against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Vietnam next year.

Due to this move, the Directorate of Fisheries has advised the MARD to direct localities to obtain certificates of seafood origin, mostly those in southcentral, southeast, and southwest provinces in service of exports to the European market.

Tran Dinh Luan, director of the Directorate of Fisheries, revealed that the nation has actively made changes and revisions to its legal system, all of which were subsequently approved by the EC with the aim of handling violations on IUU fishing in future.

He added that the MARD and the Directorate of Fisheries have also deployed more than 10 IUU inspection missions in various localities in recent times to inspect efforts to address IUU fishing.

In line with this, 92% of fishing vessels have installed monitoring device equipment in line with the EC’s regulations.

Luan underscored the importance of law enforcement as a way of ensuring security and safety for fishing boats out at sea.