Vietnam plots urgent IUU crackdown as global reputation worsens

Date: June 25, 2019

Source: Undercurrent News

Vietnam will be taking urgent measures to handle its illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing problems following the latest extension of the EU’s yellow card warning, reports VNE Express.

The ministry of public security has been called upon to take strict measures against those working as intermediaries to send fishermen to foreign waters, including the organizations responsible for issuing counterfeit licenses to facilitate this.

The deputy prime minister, Trinh Dinh Dung, also called upon the ministry of agriculture and rural development to speed up the restructuring of the nation’s fisheries, with a greater shift towards aquaculture and seafood processing expected.

Dung reportedly told local authorities in 28 coastal cities and provinces the responsibility for cutting out IUU fishing in their waters lay with them, demanding they cooperate more closely with EU delegations and the ministry of agriculture.

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