Urgent measures required for EU's "yellow card" removal

Like other coastal provinces, Binh Dinh’s authorities have made every effort to help the quick removal of the 'yellow card' issued  to Vietnam by the European Commission (EC) due to the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The local authorities are inspecting fishing vessels at Quy Nhon Fishing Port.

Before the inspection taking place in November, the province’s relevant bodies have implemented different solutions, including 4 groups of recommended issues. 

A total of 20,799 fishing vessels were checked in the past 8 months, according to the latest statistics. The local bodies also issued 191 certificates to nearly 6,300 tonnes of aquatic products.

However, many local boats are still violating foreign water when they went fishing offshore. “Exporting sea products to European markets faces many challenges and this requires strict regulations for Vietnamese fishermen to follow their rules,” said Cao Thi Kim Lan, director of Binh Dinh’s Seafood Joint Stock Company. 

Meanwhile, according to Binh Dinh Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Director Phan Trong Ho, if Vietnam cannot remove the “yellow card”, it may risk the issuance of “red card” in the future.

Ho said that in the next one month, the priority is to focus on dealing with the fishermen’s violation of foreign water. One of the solution is to strictly fine the violators and monitor Binh Dinh’s fishing vessles operating in other regions.

“The removal of ‘yellow card’ is not only the authorities’ tasks but also our rights and responsibilites,” said fisherman Bui Thanh Ninh, who owns 13 vessles. “We thus must follow the rules”.

DOAN NGOC NHUAN

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