Leaders of ministries, sectors, localities asked to make drastic actions against IUU fishing

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has requested the heads of ministries, sectors, and localities to take drastic actions against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and tackle existing shortcomings facing the work.

Leaders of ministries, sectors, localities asked to make drastic actions against IUU fishing

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (centre) chairs the anti-IUU teleconference from Hanoi on October 7. (Photo: VNA)

The Government leader made his request at an October 7 teleconference that delved into such solutions and the preparations for the upcoming fourth inspection of Vietnam's related efforts by the European Commission (EC) team.

Stressing the Party's and State's policy of staying consistent and persistent with IUU fishing combat, ocean and seafood resources protection, and sustainable development, he affirmed a need to closely link maritime economic development with safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and respecting international laws.

Saying that combating IUU fishing is primarily for the benefit of the nation and its people, the PM called for an improvement of public awareness regarding law enforcement and environmental protection serving sustainable development. In addition, it is also necessary to create livelihoods and employment opportunities for the people with a focus on increasing aquaculture and processing and reducing fishing.

Recommendations made by other countries and organisations regarding fisheries exploitation must be seriously observed, while new IUU fishing violations and incidents must be prevented, Chinh said.

He instructed the heads of relevant ministries, sectors, and localities to address existing issues and limitations, calling for their effective implementation of tasks and measures to combat IUU fishing.

Furthermore, the PM suggested that municipal and provincial People's Committees closely collaborate with the Ministry of National Defence and relevant departments and ministries to crack down on the occurrence of local vessels engaging in illegal fishing activities in foreign waters.

Local authorities, especially at grassroots levels, are in direct contact with and responsible for managing fishermen, therefore, they must manage, understand, and seriously carry out all matters related to combating IUU fishing, Chinh said. Officials, particularly those in leadership positions, who allow IUU fishing and fail to provide livelihoods for people, are considered not fulfilling their responsibilities.

(Source: VNA)

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