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EC delegation examines Vietnam’s fishing activities

HCMC – A delegation of the European Commission (EC) on May 15 began a working trip in Vietnam to inspect the country’s efforts in dealing with issues related to the EC’s “yellow card” warning against the country’s inadequate action to deal with illegal fishing.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong had a meeting with the Directorate of Fisheries on Monday over preparations for the EC inspection trip, Lao Dong newspaper reports.

Nguyen Ngoc Oai, acting general director of the Directorate of Fisheries, said the delegation would work with representatives of the ministry and coastal provinces, seafood producers, the Department for Animal Health, and the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department.

In a bid to implement the EC’s nine recommendations related to the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the Directorate of Fisheries has set up an IUU office to provide all relevant documents for the working sessions with the delegation, Oai added.

A fishery database system, including details of fishing ports and boats, has been launched, he noted, adding this is an important measure to better the management of offshore fishing activities.

Last October, the EC issued the “yellow card” against Vietnam’s seafood and made nine recommendations for Vietnam to implement in six months until April 23. Then, the EU would assess the country’s efforts and consider removing the warning.

The nine recommendations included revision of the legal framework to ensure compliance with international rules applicable to the conservation and management of fisheries resources, ensuring the effective implementation and enforcement of the country’s revised laws, and strengthening the effective implementation of international rules and management measures.

Vietnam has been active in adopting the nine recommendations to guarantee responsible and sustainable fishing, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong.

Contents in the recommendations are included in the revised Fisheries Law which will take effect early next year, Cuong added.

“This is a great improvement Vietnam has achieved so far… towards building a sustainable and responsible fishery industry and improving incomes of local fishermen,” he said.

He noted the ministry would work with the EC delegation in a responsible, objective and transparent manner.

S.Korea to inspect Vietnam shrimp control program

In related news, South Korea will send a delegation to Vietnam next month to inspect the control of chemicals and antibiotics residues in shrimp processing and export, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper cited an announcement of the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (Nafiqad).

The Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has found residues of the banned antibiotic Nitrofurans in shrimp shipments from Vietnam and asked four Vietnamese shrimp exporters to work out solutions to the case.

Nafiqad under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked agro-forestry-fisheries exporters and State management agencies to enhance tests on chemicals and antibiotics in seafood products.

Nhu Van Can from the Directorate of Fisheries said Vietnam exported nearly US$3.86 billion worth of shrimp last year, making up nearly 50% of seafood export revenue.

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