Vietnam tuna exports exceed yearly target
Illustrative photo (Photo: VNA)
The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters
and Producers (VASEP)’s target of 524 million USD in tuna exports for the year
has been completed early as the figure already hit 541 million USD as of November.
According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, in the 11
months, Vietnamese tuna’s three major markets were the US, EU and ASEAN.
However, Vietnam faced difficulties due to a “yellow card” issued by the
EU as a warning for illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
VASEP General Secretary Truong Dinh Hoe said the warning has worried the
seafood sector due to its direct impact on tuna exports.
Hoe said that the VASEP is working with the Ministry of Agriculture and
Rural Development (MARD) to deal with the yellow card for the rest of the
He noted that in 2018, the US will also apply IUU regulations in
fishing, which will not only affect tuna and all seafood caught in Vietnam but aslo
seafood products with material imported from elsewhere.
The VASEP representative said that in order to maintain seafood export
revenue, efforts to deal with IUU warnings and regain a green card are crucial.
To control origin of seafood materials for export, the MARD has launched
a national plan to prevent and minimise IUU fishing. Along with proposing to
the Government an offshore fishing project, the ministry has set up a system to
control domestic and imported seafood materials and monitor fishing activities.
A fisheries database has also been formed to strengthen capacity in
verifying seafood origin, thus stopping illegally exploited seafood from being
imported to Vietnam.
The MARD is determined to completely end IUU fishing and fishing
violations in foreign waters next year. It also aims for 95 percent of all
seafood’s origin to be determined at port by 2025.-VNA