Useful measures in seafood fishing help fishermen in Hoai Nhon Town increase their output. (Photo: SGGP)

Vietnam aiming at sustainable exploitation of sea resources

For four years, the Government and ministries, state agencies have encouraged Vietnamese fishermen to upgrade their fishing capacity and strictly observe international laws. Lately, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has directed that the fisheries industry try their best in 2021 to be lifted from the European Commission’s warning of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) a long time ago.

Coastal localities take stronger measures against IUU fishing

Coastal localities take stronger measures against IUU fishing

Numerous stronger measures have been implemented by 28 coastal provinces and cities nationwide in the past four years in a bid to prevent and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, towards developing a sustainable fishery sector, having the European Commission (EC)’s “yellow card” lifted and promoting Vietnam’s seafood exports.

Khanh Hoa Province develops marine aquaculture. (Photo: SGGP)

Many efforts made to remove yellow card on IUU fishing

According to the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries, with 82 percent of fishing vessels equipped with vessel monitoring systems, traceability and the application of culturing area codes have significantly improved. However, if there is still one fishing vessel that has not registered or illegally exploits, the European Commission (EC) will continue to keep a yellow card or even give a red card to Vietnam. 
Delegates share opinions at the workshop (Source: VNA)

Vietnam determined to remove EC’s IUU fishing warning

Removing the European Commission (EC)’s illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing “yellow card” is not easy and cannot be done overnight, but the Vietnamese business community and associations are still determined to do, not only to meet EU requirements, but also for the sake of sustainable fishery development.
Agricultural exports to EU increase

Agricultural exports to EU increase

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), after implementing the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement for two months, the export of agricultural products to the EU has seen positive changes with the total agricultural export value from August 1 to the end of September estimated at US$711 million. 
Seafood exports to EU drop due to yellow card

Seafood exports to EU drop due to yellow card

Seafood exports of Vietnam to the EU market have been affected seriously, dropping by 6.5 percent to nearly US$390 million in 2018 and continuing to be stagnant in the first eight months of this year with $251 million after two years since the European Commission issued an official card warning against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) exploitation on Vietnamese seafood.