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HÃ Ná»I â Deputy Prime Minister Trá»nh ÄÃ¬nh DÅ©ng has said that convincing the European Commission (EC) to remove a âyellow cardâ warning on Vietnamese seafood was of particular importance for the Government, ministries, agencies and localities.
DÅ©ng made the statement at a teleconference held in HÃ Ná»i yesterday to review the implementation of Prime Minister Nguyá» n XuÃ¢n PhÃºcâs Directive 45/CT-TTg on urgent tasks and solutions following the ECâs warning.
The warning had exposed risks from Vietnamese seafood to the European Union and other markets around the world, having a negative impact on the production and lives of local residents, he said.
âIf no solution is found, it will directly affect the output of the fisheries sector, and the livelihoods of fishermen as well as the development of the countryâs marine economy, image and reputation,â DÅ©ng said.
DÅ©ng said most fishing boats belonged to individuals or households and had low capacities, so seafood exploitation was scattered and unorganized. The majority of fishermen followed traditional methods and had little awareness of the law.
âThese factors have resulted in over-exploitation of seafood and illegal fishing in other countriesâ territories,â he said, adding that illegal fishing had a negative impact on the countryâs image and its relations with other countries.
Last October, the EC imposed a yellow card warning on Vietnamese seafood for failing to make progress in fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Since the imposition of the yellow card, the Government, ministries, agencies and localities have been trying to meet the ECâs demands.
Specific actions to carry out the ECâs recommendations so the yellow card would be removed and achieving sustainable fisheries sector were also discussed by participants at the conference.
While appreciating the efforts made by ministries, agencies and peopleâs committees in coastal provinces, DÅ©ng highlighted the need to review seafood exploitation, including compliance with international regulations.
He asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to submit to the Government a plan to establish a National Steering Committee to prevent illegal fishing with a view to unifying a direction from central to local levels.
DÅ©ng asked MARD to coordinate with ministries, agencies and localities to guide, inspect and step up dissemination to ensure that fishermen, relevant organisations and individuals had sufficient information about the ECâs yellow card warning.
The deputy PM asked the Ministry of National Defence to monitor fishing vessels and punish those that fished in other countriesâ waters, he said.
He also directed the Ministry of Industry and Trade to expand consumption and export markets for Vietnamese seafood as well as collaborate with related ministries to provide information about the countryâs efforts to stop illegal fishing. â VNS