Thanh Hoa province works hard to fight against IUU fishing | Company

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Thanh Hoa (NAV) – The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of North-Central Thanh Hoa Province has taken a series of measures to strictly deal with organizations and individuals who negotiate and bring fishing vessels to illegally exploit seafood in foreign waters as part of its efforts to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

This decision is also aimed at ensuring the safety of local fishermen and fishing vessels.

According to a report by the provincial fisheries sub-department, in the first eight months of 2022, the province recorded eight accidents at sea caused by high waves and strong winds, electric shocks and fires, damaging six vessels with a total loss of approximately 3.3 billion VND (more than 141,000 USD).

Le Ba Luc, from the sub-department, said that to ensure the safety of people and fishing vessels engaged in fishing activities, the sector has paid attention to strengthening the management of fishing vessels, including strictly controlling shipbuilding and fishing rental and purchase. vessels in compliance with fishing license quotas in coastal and maritime areas.

Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) operate around the clock to quickly monitor and provide weather-related information and warnings to fishing vessels operating at sea, helping to guide fishermen to find safe harbors for vessels to to avoid storms, and to connect with and seek help from the relevant authorities in an emergency.

Technical safety inspection of fishing vessels will be strengthened, ensuring that 100% of fishing vessels obtain technical safety certificates, Luc said.

Owners and captains of fishing boatThey were urged to follow safety rules in operating ships and strictly carry out the annual safety technical inspection, he added.

According to Luc, a project is being implemented to help nearly 400 seafood operating groups improve the efficiency of production and fishing at sea, and their response to relevant accidents and risks.

The sub-department, the border force and the coastal localities, as well as the fishing ports of Lach Hoi, Lach Bang and Hoa Loc, are intensifying their inspection of vessels operating at sea and controlling fishing vessels entering and leaving the ports.

Fishing vessels must be registered and fully equipped with safety equipment for fire prevention and firefighting, as well as for crew members.

All fishing boats with a length of 15m and more must be installed ship monitoring systems (VMS).

Vietnam is stepping up its long-term efforts for more than four years to fight against IUU fishing for a sustainable fishing sector and the lifting of the European Commission’s “yellow card” warning against the country’s seafood products.

Stopping IUU fishing has been defined as the responsibility not only of fishers and fishing companies, but of the entire political system with the aim of increasing the prestige of the fishing sector and Vietnam in the arena. world.

Therefore, educating fishers about legal fishing was seen as the paramount task, especially when traditional practices have been rooted there for generations.

During the year, the Department of National Defense took the initiative to educate fishers about sustainable fishing by coordinating with other forces, sectors and localities to popularize related legal regulations among fishers.

The Ministry’s Steering Committee on Combating IUU Fishing has guided relevant units to continue the work this year in collaboration with authorized agencies.

As part of the efforts to combat IUU fishing, 28 provinces and coastal cities have taken swift action to implement the tasks assigned by the national steering committee for 2022.

They are stepping up educational activities to ensure that all local officials and residents fully understand the regulations and laws relating to sustainable fishing development and IUU fishing./.

Joan J. Holland