High focus on prevention of illegal fishing

In preparation for the European Commission's (EC) inspection of Vietnamese seafood, which is schedule in October, the authorities at all levels and relevant departments, sectors, localities and units are focusing highly in implementing measures to combat illegal, unreported, unregulated, (IUU) fishing.

By end of August, in the city, there are a total of 891 fishing vessels registered on the fishing vessel management system (VNFishbase), all have been granted fishing licenses, reaching the rate of 100%. All fishing vessels over 15m are equipped with cruise surveillance devices and granted a certificate of food safety. Besides, the awareness of fishermen about fighting against illegal fishing has been enhanced; the recording of diaries, reports of catches ... are done quite seriously. However, in fact, even though all ships over 15m have been installed cruise surveillance devices, when operating at sea, many fishing vessels have lost contact due to high waves, high winds or disconnecting, making it impossible for agencies to control or communicate with them.

In preparation for the EC’s inspection of Vietnamese seafood in October, the agricultural sector has actively coordinated with relevant forces and local authorities to strengthen management and supervision and strictly handle violations, thereby raising the awareness of fishermen in fishing, contributing to removing the EC's Yellow Card for Vietnamese seafood this year.


A fishery boat in Haiphong (Source: internet)