|Coastal communities to fight illegal fishing with own surveillance forces|
Meanwhile, the apparatus organisation for law enforcement in the localities has yet to be strengthened, and there are shortages of both workforce and equipment to carry out patrols, inspections and the settlement of wrongdoings at sea, leading to the high rate of violations of relevant legal regulations.
According to the ministry, about 20% of the inspected vessels have committed violations.
After three inspections on Vietnam’s actions against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the European Commission (EC) concluded that law enforcement in the country remains inefficient, asynchronous and inconsistent between localities, and is not strong enough to ensure deterrence.
This is a serious problem, according to the commission, asking Vietnam to step up inspections, supervisions and the handling of the fishing boats that violate legal regulations on the exploitation and protection of aquatic resources, especially those illegally operating in foreign waters.
In an effort to remove the EC’s “yellow card” this year, the ministry has asked the communities to quickly form fisheries surveillance forces in line with the Fisheries Law and the Law on Organisation of Local Administration.
The ministry said only nine out of the 28 coastal cities and provinces have established such teams so far./.