EC’s yellow card on Vietnamese seafood likely to be extended

04-Jan-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The European Commission (EC) may send a working team to Vietnam in April instead of this month to review the country’s efforts to have the yellow card on its seafood products lifted, said Nguyen Ngoc Oai, acting general director of the directorate of Fisheries, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The working team had earlier scheduled a visit to the country this month to present its feedback on Vietnam’s settlement of issues related to the EC’s yellow card warning against the country’s inadequate actions in handling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

However, some seafood farming, processing and exporting units have yet to become aware of the EC’s warning extension.

Truong Dinh Hoe, general secretary of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers, said he had yet to receive this information, adding that the EC’s decision was reasonable as Vietnam needs more time to assess the effectiveness of the Law on Fisheries, which officially took effect on January 1.

According to Nguyen Huu Dung, chair of the Vietnam Seaculture Association, the local competent agencies have not publicised the information that the EC’s working team will arrive in Vietnam later than scheduled.

He lauded the government’s efforts to have the yellow card removed.

However, measures to handle IUU fishing seem inefficient as monitoring systems have yet to be installed on all fishing boats and the volume of seafood caught in specific areas has not been controlled, Dung added.

As least 62 seafood firms have committed to taking steps to prevent IUU fishing. percentE2 percent80 percent99s-yellow-card-on-vietnamese-seafood-likely-to-be-extended.html


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