With the right approach and modifications, Vietnam should be able to have its yellow card for unregulated fishing removed, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has said.
"The inadequacies and limits in countering IUU are not only due to a lack of public awareness but also to the irresponsibility of a portion of institutions and individuals," said Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at an IUU Conference on December 1.
According to the PM, a lack of decisive leadership, direction, and management by the heads of departments and levels and a lack of inspection and guidance make it challenging and time-consuming to overcome several localities' shortcomings.
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh. Photo: VGP |
He said the battle against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing was not only a formality or a reaction but something needed for the sake of the country and the people. He said that Vietnam was a responsible member of the international community, defending the maritime environment and marine ecosystems, among other responsibilities.
The PM urged individuals, corporations, and local governments to adopt anti-IUU measures in concert and to deal forcefully with violators.
The EC advised Vietnam to continue reviewing and modifying various legislation to enhance the efficacy and efficiency of IUU fishing. For instance, raising the punishment such that it is many times more than the profits acquired, augmenting the extra sanction of seizure of catches, and prosecuting repeat offenders and those committing certain offences.
The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers anticipates that seafood exports will reach around $2.3 billion in the last three months of 2022. Thus, it is anticipated that $10 billion will be attained by the end of November, and the EU market will reach around $1.3 billion in 2022.
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