(PLO)- The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that Kien Giang continues to be the key province of the country with fishing vessels violating illegal fishing in foreign waters.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has just sent a document to the Chairman of the People’s Committee of Kien Giang province, requesting that the task of combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (anti-IUU fishing) be strictly and effectively implemented. was working with the 4th European Commission Inspection Delegation, in October 23rd.
In the document sent on June 27, the Ministry organized a working delegation to work with Kien Giang province on the implementation of solutions to combat IUU fishing.
Working results show that Kien Giang continues to be the key province of the country with fishing vessels violating illegal fishing in foreign waters; there is a situation of using fake number plates, disconnecting / sending cruise monitoring devices to intentionally violate with complicated developments.
Many restrictions, exist
Continuing to point out the weak points in Kien Giang’s work against IUU fishing, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the fishing vessel data was not consistent in the provincial reports and the national fisheries database (VNFishbase). The issuance of fishing licenses reached about 65%, fishing vessels with registration deadlines reached about 70%, there are still 949 unregistered fishing vessels.
|Patrol, control, detection and handling of violations are always carried out, but fishing vessels violating IUU fishing still occur. Photo: CHAU ANH|
The situation of buying and selling fishing vessels in the locality that does not comply with the provisions of the law such as the implementation of procedures for name change, change of owner, deletion/re-registration of fishing vessels is still complicated, not controlled and handled. according to the law.
The installation of cruise monitoring equipment on fishing boats in the province reached nearly 100%. However, the number of fishing vessels losing connection is relatively large. Specifically, there are 370 ships lost connection in six months, 275 ships lost connection in a year, 10 days lost connection more than 600 ships. Fishing vessels with a length of 24 m or more lose connection to cruise control as prescribed, accounting for 25% of the total number of ships 24 m or more that lose connection in the whole country.
In addition to the above shortcomings, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development assessed that the coordination between the border control station and the fisheries management agency at Tac Cau fishing port was not close enough in monitoring, controlling and handling fishing vessels participating in activities. fisheries. As an example, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has given the number of fishing vessels entering/exiting at the border station is over 20,000 ships; Meanwhile, the number of fishing vessels entering and leaving the port is only over 1,000 ships.
In addition, the province also has many cases of fishing vessels that do not meet the conditions but are still certified by the border guard station/station to depart to participate in fishing activities.
Fishing vessels do not dock in accordance with regulations to load and unload locally caught seafood. The fishing output of the whole province is monitored and monitored very low. The catch is large, but only 8% can be monitored when loading and unloading through the port; not specifically monitored by species name to serve traceability.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the quality of the logging log is not reliable, with missing or incorrect information, but the sanction results are not satisfactory. If carrying out certification, certification for fishery products caught in these cases is in violation of IUU; The logbook of purchasing and transshipment of logistics vessels catching aquatic resources has not yet recorded all the net catches of the fishing vessel.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the province has detected a case of issuing a certificate of origin of caught fish (CC) on the certificate of origin of caught seafood (SC) of a fishing port in another province for tuna species with a high yield. abnormal (15 tons/vessel). However, the legality of the information in the SC has not been checked and compared to grant CC, leading to a high risk of fishery products caught in violation of IUU fishing in certified consignments. export to the European market.
Prevent fishing vessels from violating foreign waters
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Kien Giang is a key locality that the 4th EC’s Inspection Team will conduct a physical inspection in October-October 23.
Therefore, with the determination to remove the “yellow card” warning by October under the direction of the Prime Minister, the Ministry proposed the Chairman of the People’s Committee of Kien Giang province to focus on leading and directing authorities at all levels to unify awareness and action. drastically implement immediate tasks, urgent solutions, and focus on combating IUU fishing in the coming time.
Firstly, strictly implement the Prime Minister’s directives in Decision 81, Official Dispatch 265 and the direction of the Head of the National Steering Committee on IUU, attaching responsibilities of heads at all levels to actual results. presently.
Second, to review all fishing vessels loading and unloading aquatic products caught not according to local regulations; resolutely handle cases of violations. Ensure 100% of fishing vessels docked at designated ports, and supervise 100% of locally caught fishery output.
Thirdly, monitor the output of fishery caught and unloaded through the port to ensure that the species name is fully and specifically recorded; strictly comply with regulations on certification, certification and traceability; strictly handle organizations and individuals legalizing dossiers for export shipments.
Fourth, closely monitor and control the activities of local fishing vessels and other provincial fishing vessels operating locally, and fishing vessels at high risk of violating IUU fishing. In particular, controlling and handling the situation of buying and selling fishing vessels in the locality must ensure compliance with regulations.
Fifth, focus on the peak of law enforcement, thoroughly sanctioning IUU fishing acts occurring in the province.
In particular, focus on implementing strong measures to prevent local fishing vessels from continuing to violate illegal fishing in foreign waters.
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