PM cracks down on illegal fishing


Update: May, 29/2017 – 15:00

Illustrative photo: Fishing vessels near the Sa Kỳ Port in central Quảng Ngãi Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hùng
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has requested country leaders to heighten their focus on preventing Vietnamese fishermen from illegally harvesting seafood in foreign waters.

In official order No 732 issued on Sunday, the Prime Minister acknowledged that the situation is ongoing and has been getting more serious since the end of 2015 in the central provinces of Quảng Ngãi, Bình Định, and Bình Thuận, as well as southern provinces of Kiên Giang, Cà Mau, Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, Bến Tre and Tiền Giang.

He requested the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to launch a national action plan on preventing, reducing and eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, as well as making amendments to current regulations and adding terms of punishment to better regulate fishing vessels’ owners, captains, organisations and individuals that conduct IUU fishing.

He also requested the ministry to increase international collaboration on seafood harvesting, establish an international illegal fishing prevention hotline, carry out maritime patrols with concerned countries and popularise Việt Nam’s and international regulations on seafood harvesting among fishermen in areas where illegal fishing often takes place.

The Ministry of Defence, meanwhile, is responsible for regulating activities of fishing vessels by ensuring they have completed necessary procedures, as well as checking relevant documents before allowing them to sail and return to land.

The ministry is also responsible for patrolling the border line waters and overlapping waters between countries, with a focus on detecting and tackling cases of connecting and investing for fishermen to fish illegally in foreign waters.

The Ministry of Information and Communication is responsible for popularising the delimitation of waters between Việt Nam and some neighbouring countries among citizens, as well as the Vietnamese and international regulations on seafood harvesting.

The chairmen of people’s committees of localities and leaders of local sectors where illegal fishing often takes place are responsible for reviewing, investigating and imposing penalties on authorities that perpetuate illegal fishing. They must also report their investigation results to the Prime Minister before August 15. — VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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