Vietnam to impose harsh punishments on illegal fishing
Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
A captain who fishes
illegally will see his boat driving licence revoked and his vessel banned from
fishing, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong
Tuan mentioned the punishment at a ministry
press conference in Hanoi on April 3, stating that the body will crack down on
The official said inter-sector working
groups have been established to join local monitoring of illegal fishing,
recording a reduced number of violations.
Concerning Vietnam’s efforts to fight illegal,
unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, he said a high-ranking delegation
from his ministry, led by Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong, visited the EU to discuss
how the country has worked to address the issue to clear the European
Commission (EC)’s “yellow card”.
Vietnam received a “yellow card” from the EC
because of its failure to meet standards over IUU fishing on October 23, 2017
and was given six months to rectify the situation.
Tuan noted that the EU acknowledged
Vietnam’s efforts but pointed to some shortcomings. An EC delegation will visit
Vietnam this April to examine the work so far, he added.
Regarding the US’s imposition of
anti-dumping duties on tra fish, Deputy Director of Directorate of Fisheries Nguyen
Quang Hung said this was an unreasonable action.
He said his directorate and the Vietnam
Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) are working with
businesses and other relevant sectors to appeal against the judgment at the
Court of International Trade.
In the 13th administrative review (POR13),
the US imposed an anti-dumping tax on Vietnamese tra fish five to six times
higher than the previous tax, which was 0.69 USD per kilo.
According to VASEP, Vietnamese businesses
are not dumping. The selling price of Vietnamese tra fish is cheaper than
American fish because inputs such as labour and production conditions are
cheaper than in the US.
“The US’s decision is unilateral and unfair,
not matching the rules of the World Trade Organisation. We do not exclude the
possibility that we will seriously consider bringing this case to international
arbitration," said Tuan.
He said Vietnam will increase bilateral and
multilateral meetings to negotiate trade, showing its efforts in respect to
principles of international trade and mutual benefits of sides involved.-VNA