Strictly handling IUU or IUU-signal fishing vessels (03-06-2019)
On 29 April 2019, the Vietnamese Government Office issued an official dispatch No. 3483 / VPCP-NN requesting relevant ministries, People's Committees of coastal provinces and cities to report the results of implementing the recommendations of EC on combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Accordingly, the Prime Minister instructed the relevant ministries and People's Committees of coastal provinces and cities to strictly handle fishing vessels violating IUU fishing or having signals of violating IUU fishing, particularly focus on preventing and immediately terminate the status of local fishing vessels and fishermen that capture illegally in the foreign sea-waters. The Prime Minister also instructed to strictly handle the localities which continue reoccurring the situation of IUU fishing activities.
In particular, the Prime minister assigned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and other the ministries such as Defense; Public Security; Finance; Transportation; Information and Communication, Foreign Affairs) and People's Committees of coastal provinces and cities to continue to gather and focus on any resources to effectively implement the 2017 Fisheries Law and other guideline documents, and the instructions of the Prime Minister at Official Telegraph No. 732 / CĐ-TTg dated on 28 may 2017, Directive No. 45 / CT-TTg dated on 13 December 2017, Decision No. 78 / QD-TTg dated on January 16, 2018, Official Telegraph No. 1275 / CĐ-TTg dated on 19 September 2018 and other related documents.
The prime minister also assigned the Ministry of Finance to actively coordinate with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to soon allocate funds for the implementation of the project on hiring information infrastructures for serving of the fishing vessel cruise monitoring under the Prime Minister's direction at public Document No. 11333 / VPCP-NN dated on 21 November 2018.
In addition, the prime minister requested the People's Committees (PC) of coastal provinces and cities to continue strictly handling fishing vessels violating IUU fishing or having signals of violating IUU fishing, especially focusing on preventing and immediately ending the situation of local fishing vessels and fishermen illegally fishing in the foreign sea- waters under the direction of the Prime Minister in Directive No. 45 / CT-TTg dated on December 13, 2017. Eventually, they continue to take measures to strictly handle the localities reoccurring the situation of violating fishing vessels and fishermen. On the other hand, the Prime Minister also requested that local PCs proactively strengthening resources on essential facilities and human resources to improve prevention and control of IUU; achieving efficiency, soon ending the situation of IUU in the locality as it plays the same important role. On that basis, they are assigned to actively focus on well preparing the relevant content to work with the European Commission's Inspection Team (expected in May 2019), to make sure it will be effective.