EU warning represents chance to improve fisheries management system, VASEP argue
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Fishing vessels (Photo: Vasep)VIET NAMTuesday, October 31, 2017,02:50 (GMT + 9)The Vietnamese fishing sector consid

 
Fishing vessels. (Photo: Vasep)

 

Click on the flag for more information about Viet NamVIET NAM 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 02:50 (GMT + 9)

 

The Vietnamese fishing sector considers the European Commission’s yellow card warning over Vietnam’s insufficient action to fight illegal unreported unregulated (IUU) fishing represents an opportunity to enhance the fisheries management system.

Therefore, Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) and marine product enterprises have agreed and determined to implement the action program on combating IUU fishing with the participation and commitment of 76 factories of marine product processing and exporting.

VASEP pointed out it has been joining hand with the Directorate of Fisheries (D-Fish), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), cooperating with Vietnam Coast Guard and relevant agencies to implement the national action plan on combating IUU fishing.

As part of the initiative and to avoid the EU from switching to the red card warning in the next 6 months and towards the return of the green card to Vietnam, VASEP and marine product enterprise community will continue to strictly implement the commitments on purchasing raw materials sourced from legal fishing vessels with clear traceability, saying no to banned marine products, developing transparent seafood purchasing rules.

In addition, these stakeholders will continue to closely coordinate, actively support the state management agencies in implementing regulations on preventing IUU fishing, proposing changes in the management method of fishing ports, building fisheries database for the management and traceability, meeting the requirements of the EU market.

VASEP expects in the next 6 months, Vietnamese fisheries sector will have institutional and practical improvements recognized by the EU so that Vietnam can keep a large importing market with the average export value of USD 350-400 million per year.

On the other hand, Acting Director General of Directorate of Fisheries Nguyễn Ngọc Oai said the draft plan was submitted to the Prime Minister and will be implemented as soon as it is approved.

Furthermore, Oai said the MARD had established an inter-sectoral working group to direct and co-ordinate actions to satisfy the EC’s strict regulations against IUU fishing.

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