Localities asked to revise plans on fighting IUU fishing

Coastal cities and provinces have been requested to review, amend and supplement their plans on implementing measures against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in line with their specific situation, towards the goal of ending violations of foreign waters by fishermen late this year.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) made the request in a document sent to Chairpersons of People’s Committees of the 28 coastal cities and provinces, regarding the realisation of the Prime Minister’s conclusions on combating IUU fishing and removing the European Commission (EC)’s “yellow card.”

Under the document, the MARD, the standing body of the National Steering Committee on IUU Fishing Prevention and Control, asked the local leaders to put a focus on instructing competent departments, agencies and forces to drastically and effectively implement the PM’s directions.

Heads of Party Committees and administrations at all levels should hold responsibility for the implementation of anti-IUU fishing tasks, according to the document.

The ministry also urged the localities to invest more in fisheries infrastructure, ensure adequate personnel and equipment for fishery management agencies, and seriously observe regulations on monitoring fishing boats and catches at ports and handling violations.

The localities also need to devise more support mechanisms and policies towards fishermen, especially those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to stabilise their livelihoods.

Fishermen should be prioritised in vaccination to make them feel secure in fishing and ensure the growth of the fisheries sector, the ministry said.