Staff from the provincial Fisheries Department checks a monitoring device on a fishing boat before it operates offshore at Qui Nhơn fishing port in Quy Nhơn City. VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — Localities in Việt Nam have taken a number of measures to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing since the country received a “yellow card” warning from the European Commission (EC) in 2017. But experts say more work needs to be done to improve their fisheries governance and retain access to EU market. Nguyễn Công Bình, deputy head of Bình Định Fisheries Department, said by the end of July last year, the province has completed installing Movimar device – a system to monitor fishing vessels and aquatic resources by satellite technology) for all vessels with a length of 24m or more. Only 603 out of 3,231 boats of between 15 and 24m in length have the system installed. In accordance with the recommendations of the EC for offshore fishing vessels to be transparent and to fight illegal fishing, the installation of monitoring equipment must be finished by the end of March, this year. The high number of fishing boats which have not yet installed the equipment… Read full this story
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