EC postpones anti-IUU inspection in Vietnam to October 2023

 EC postpones anti-IUU inspection in Vietnam to October 2023

The inspection team of the European Commission (EC) will visit Vietnam for the fourth time to check against illegal fishing in October 2023 instead of May as expected.

The European Commission will examine against illegal fishing in October 2023.

The Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the European Commission's (EC) inspection team will visit Vietnam for the fourth time to check against illegal, unreported and unreported fishing according to regulations (IUU) in October 2023, instead of May as previously announced.

The EC proposed online meetings in May, June and October 2023 before going to Vietnam to inspect.

At the end of May 2023, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will have a delegation to visit and work directly for the EC to grasp and update the anti-IUU situation of Vietnam, hoping to narrow its recommendations with Vietnam.

After the EC inspection in October 2022, Vietnam has made efforts to implement four groups of EC recommendations to combat IUU fishing, removing the "yellow card" warning including the legal framework; monitor, inspect and control fishing vessel activities, fleet management; certification of output and traceability of aquatic products from capture; law enforcement.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development also organized working groups to check the reality of the situation and guide localities to implement measures against IUU fishing, to overcome the EC's recommendations in localities such as Thanh Hoa, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Phu Yen, Binh Dinh.

The localities have actively directed and organized the implementation of solutions to overcome the shortcomings and limitations to soon remove the EC's "yellow card" warning.

As of April 30, 2023, 28,797/29,489 fishing vessels had installed cruise monitoring equipment (VMS). The number of fishing vessels that have not yet installed VMS equipment has been listed by localities for monitoring and management, most of which are fishing vessels lying on the shore or stopped working.

In October 2017, the EC warned of a "yellow card" for Vietnamese seafood products exported to Europe because they did not fully comply with regulations on combating illegal fishing, without reporting and non-compliance. Since then, Vietnam has made great efforts with many commitments to implement IUU.

With the yellow card warning, Vietnam's seafood exports to the EU are 100% controlled instead of probability checks, causing exporters to spend more costs.


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