Fishermen ordered to follow fishing regulations

12-Jul-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The owners of fishing vessels and fishermen are required to follow regulations on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, including keeping a record and submitting it, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

VASEP said that to lift the yellow card imposed on Vietnamese seafood by the European Commission (EC) and to develop a sustainable fishing sector, the association has collaborated with the directorate for Fisheries to deploy a plan, which is aimed at having boat owners and fishermen comply with certain regulations on fishing.

Accordingly, when fishing offshore, fishing boat owners and fishermen have to hold a fishing license, hang the Vietnamese flag, participate in rescue efforts and protect their nation’s sovereignty and marine security, apart from not using prohibited fishing tools and violating IUU rules.

As for fishing boats that measure 12 meters or more, the owners of these boats are required to keep a record of their fishing activities and submit it in line with regulations, whereas boats that are at least 15 meters long need to install monitoring systems and global positioning system devices and undergo frequent inspections, according to VASEP.

Meanwhile, boats that are at least 24 meters long have to have GPS devices installed, VASEP added.

VASEP said that fishing boat monitoring and inspection documentation will be used to decide penalties for offenders and to address debates on marine issues, so the devices have to store the exact sea routes.

It is mandatory for fishermen to inform controllers of fishing ports before their boats dock at these ports. Besides this, boats fishing beyond Vietnam’s waters have to be granted a code by the International Maritime Organisation and must get a license from the directorate of Fisheries.

VASEP deputy general Secretary Nguyen Hoai Nam told the Saigon Times that EC will send a working team to Vietnam to review the country’s efforts to fight IUU fishing in November, instead of June as scheduled.


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