EC hails Binh Dinh’s efforts to remove “yellow card”

A delegation of European Parliament Committee of Fisheries led by the committee spokeman Gabriel Mato had a working session with Binh Dinh province on October 31 on measure to cope with illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the locality.

A delegation of European Parliament Committee of Fisheries had a working session with Binh Dinh. Photo: Van Luu/Binh Dinh News

Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Chau said after the EC’s yellow card warning, Binh Dinh province has made efforts to implement the committee’s recommendations against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in order to remove the yellow card.

Mato Gabriel spoke highly of the province’s efforts, saying he hopes that they will be helpful for the EC’s early removal of the “yellow card” warning for Vietnamese seafood exports to the EU.

According to Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Chau, the provincial authorities issued 13 documents, while the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development issued 16 documents, taking urgent measures to address the warning. 

The provincial People’s Committee held six meetings with departments and localities to deal with the issue, he said, expressing his hope that EC will lift its “yellow card” warning on Vietnamese seafood on January 1, 2019. 

Phan Trong Ho, Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the province withdrew seafood exploitation licences, as well as removed registrations of fishing vessels found to have commit violations and announced them on the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s online portal and local radio stations. 

The provincial authorities also reviewed the responsibility of leaders of the communal Hoai Nhon and Phu Cat district People’s Committees for violations. Binh Dinh has improved its management and inspection capacity to fight IUU at seaports, as well as completed a project on the establishment of a local Fisheries Surveillance Agency, which is scheduled to be put into operation later this year, he said. 

Gabriel, for his part, said that nearly half local fishing vessels go fishing offshore, adding that in order to fight IUU fishing effectively, strong commitments from the fishing community and management agencies are needed. 

The same day, the delegation inspected and had a working session at Quy Nhon fishing port, Binh Dinh seafood joint stock company and Binh Dinh tuna association.

Source: VNA

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