At the meeting, the Minister – Mr. Nguyen Xuan Cuong affirmed that Vietnam is making efforts to approach the recommendations on IUU for the progress of the world fisheries, including Vietnam fisheries.
In terms of legal institutions, the Minister affirmed that EU’s recommendations are very useful to include in the revised Fisheries Law. Accordingly, there are 6 contents that must be resolutely included in the revised Fisheries Law, including:
1. Assess fish stocks by implementing survey every 5 years in combination to the appropriate fishing plan as recommended by the EU.
2. Establish Fisheries Surveillance Force in the Central and 28 provinces and cities to control fisheries activities on sea (control of vessels arriving or going offshore).
3. Continue to affirm the marine protected areas and aquatic conservation areas, united with the National Assembly members so that MARD can control to protect marine resources.
4. Apply the highest penalty related to IUU fishing activities in the Fisheries Law. The details will depend on the decree after the Law is approved.
5. The Law stipulates that vessel licensing must be based on investigated stocks, to allow vessels to be licensed in each province to control the number of vessels.
6. Introduce a new institution: establish a Fund for Fisheries Resources Protection at the central and provincial levels so that the Fund will be contributed every year to recovering biodiversity as well as marine resources.
In order to express the determination of MARD in line with the EU recommendations on IUU, towards sustainable fisheries, the Minister decided to focus immediately on 8 tasks:
1. Review the decision to set up the task force 689 to advise the Prime Minister on the mandate of 28 provincial chairmen who must control and not allow fishermen to fish illegally at foreign waters. The Steering Committee will petition the Prime Minister to direct a Deputy Prime Minister to take part in this issue.
2. The project of Sustainable Management of Marine Development will be soon completed so that in September 2017, MARD will submit to the Prime Minister.
3. Review and evaluate 3,000 vessels equipped with information positioning device and after the review, there will be a detailed plan on the solution for the vessels equipped with information positioning device to control vessels and not to let them go outside the controlled area.
4. Focus on the Ocean Fishing Project, as there are still a number of countries that want Vietnam to cooperate with them officially to fish and solve the labor and the jobs; Push the Project in September and submit to the Prime Minister for approval in the early October 2017.
5. Review the fisheries infrastructure to assess and petition to the government for its step by step support.
6. Build up livelihoods for fishermen and reduce the number of fishermen participating in fishing. There is a marine aquaculture planning program to reduce fishing activities. In addition, the MARD is focusing on cultivation and animal husbandry programs to shift a number of fishermen to work on land.
7. Join regional and international organizations in fisheries.
8. Focus more on propaganda and training for fishermen.
At this meeting, the Minister – Mr. Nguyen Xuan Cuong and Ambassador – Mr. Bruno Angelet agreed every six-month to jointly review the efforts and results that Vietnam has made in improving marine fishing activities following EU recommendations. With such efforts and determination, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and seafood enterprises expect Vietnam will avoid getting the yellow card from the EU.
EXPORTS OF PROCESSED TUNA TO MEXICO CONTINUED THE RISE
As of the first half of Oct 2017, Vietnam’s tuna exports to Mexico reached US$10.73 million, up 80.1% over the same period last year. In 2017, tuna exports to markets grew positively, in which sales to Israel and Mexico showed the highest growth.
SWITZERLAND IMPORTS OVER 50 PERCENT SHRIMP FROM VIETNAM
During the 10-year period (2007-2016), Vietnam was consistently the largest shrimp supplier for Switzerland, accounting for over 50 percent of total Swiss shrimp imports.
REBOUNDED IN VIETNAM CEPHALOPOD SALES TO CHINA
Through October this year, China stayed as the fifth largest market of Vietnam cephalopod, accounting for 6.8% of Vietnam's total export value to markets.
JAN-OCT 2017: UP IN VIETNAM TUNA EXPORTS TO EU
In the first 10 months of 2017, Vietnam’s tuna exports to the EU reached US$115.5 million, accounting for 23.7% of the total export value and increasing by 31.4% over the same period in 2016.
UP 53.3% IN VIETNAM CEPHALOPOD EXPORTS
Vietnam’s cephalopod exports from the beginning of this year were on the upward trend over the same period last year. As of Sep 2017, the figure totaled US$457.9 million, up 53.5% over the same period last year. Exports to top 9 major markets recorded the good growth over the same period in 2016. Supplies increased thanks to a rise in production and export volume, along with the flexibility of exporters in adjusting the structure of production and markets.