Binh Dinh Refuses to Accept Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

For the past two years, Binh Dinh province have been taking drastic steps to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. Numerous documents have been released to guide and implement these measures.

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The Party Committee and People’s Committee of Binh Dinh, a south-central coastal province, have been taking strong measures to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing since 2018, according to VNA.

In addition to providing guidance and conducting inspections, the provincial People’s Committee has made the prevention of fishing vessels’ violation of foreign waters a key criterion for evaluating the performance of local authorities. Heads of authorities at the commune and district levels are held accountable if violations are found.

The province has also established an inter-sectoral inspection group to address these violations.

Binh Dinh strongly opposes IUU fishing
Fishing vessels at Quy Nhon Port in the south-central coastal province of Binh Dinh. Photo: VNA

Regarding the installation of a vessel monitoring system (VMS), Binh Dinh has provided financial support to fishing vessel owners for purchasing and installing the equipment.

So far, the province has allocated over VND 30 billion (USD 1.2 million) to 2,966 fishing vessels for installation. Of the total 3,292 fishing vessels with a length of 15m or more in the province, 3,258 have already installed VMS.

Binh Dinh currently has three fishing ports – Quy Nhon, De Gi, and Tam Quan – equipped with systems to verify the origin of fishery products.

Since the beginning of 2023, the province has certified the origin of over 2,513 tonnes of fish, an increase of 74% compared to the same period in 2022.

Nguyen Tuan Thanh, vice chairman of Binh Dinh Provincial People’s Committee, has emphasized strong direction from the provincial committee in promoting awareness about IUU fishing, violations, and punishments among departments, branches, and local authorities.

However, Thanh admitted that violations still occur. In the future, the provincial People’s Committee will consider developing policies to support fishermen at high risk of violating foreign waters to transition to other jobs. Mechanisms and policies will also be established to subsidize satellite connection fees for fishing vehicles to maintain the operation of VMS.

Thanh also mentioned that the province is in the process of completing the registration, issuance of fishing licenses, installation of VMS, and updating fishing vessel data into the national fisheries database.

Binh Dinh has a total of 5,667 fishing vessels with a length of 6 meters or more and more than 40,900 workers engaged in fishing activities. Its annual fishery production in recent years has exceeded 250,000 tonnes. In the first half of 2023, the production reached over 135,900 tonnes, a 3% increase compared to the same period last year.

Binh Dinh strongly opposes IUU fishing
Fisheries surveillance force checks cruise monitoring equipment on fishing vessels that are fishing at sea (Photo: VNA)

Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang recently issued directions during a teleconference with leaders from 13 Mekong Delta localities, urging more aggressive actions to combat IUU fishing. His directions include preparing plans and agendas thoroughly for an upcoming working session with the European Commission’s fourth inspection team, with the aim of having the commission’s ‘yellow card’ warning against Vietnamese seafood exports lifted by October 2023.

Hannah Nguyen

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