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Measures sought to improve fight against IUU, maritime crime

Measures sought to improve fight against IUU, maritime crime

The Coast Guard High Command held a conference in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on June 14 to seek measures to enhance the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and criminals at sea.

A report by the People’s Committee of Ba Ria-Vung Tau showed that the province has 5,409 fishing vessels, including 2,808 offshore fishing vessels, of which 92.83 percent have installed vessel monitoring systems (VMS).

The province has applied various measures against IUU, including the formation of a steering committee on IUU prevention and control and six offices to control fishing activities, along with plans to control fishing activities and the signing of coordination agreements with coastal localities to remove the “yellow card” issued by the European Commission.

In April, the province signed a coordination programme with the High Command of Naval Zone 2 and the High Command of Coast Guard Zone 3 to manage fisheries activities and combat IUU, while working with relevant agencies to enforce the Fisheries Law.

Since the beginning of this year, the provincial Border Guard High Command has detected 18 vessels that violated regulations, and collected fines of 386.5 million VND.

So far this year, only one case of violating foreign waters has been reported.

However, the provincial People’s Committee also pointed to a number of shortcomings in coordination with relevant agencies.

Nguyen Cong Vinh, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, urged relevant departments, sectors, agencies and localities to work harder to encourage local fishermen to avoid violations.

Deputy Commander of the Vietnam Coast Guard Colonel Vu Trung Kien proposed that relevant agencies and localities continue to coordinate closely to effectively implement IUU prevention and combat measures, while giving ideas to deal with shortcomings.

He also asked authorised agencies to advise the Government to direct the implementation of projects to control aquatic farming and development activities, combining maritime exploitation with environmental protection and safeguarding of national sovereignty./.