EC delegation to inspect Vietnam’s illegal fishing combat next month

Vietnamese fishing boats lie berthed in a port in the central city of Da Nang. Photo by AFP/Hoang Dinh Nam. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

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HANOI, Oct 18, 2019, NDO/VNA. An inspection team of the European Commission (EC) will visit Vietnam from November 4-14 to assess the country’s efforts in implementing the EC’s recommendations on fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, reported the Nhan Dan Online.

The information was released by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang at a regular press conference in Hanoi on October 17.

During their stay in Vietnam, the officials from the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG – MARE) are scheduled to pay courtesy visits to high-ranking Vietnamese leaders, have working sessions with representatives of concerned agencies, including the Directorate of Fisheries, and make field trips to some localities, she added.

Over the past time, Vietnamese agencies, localities and organisations have drastically implemented solutions to build a sustainable and responsible fishery sector, and curb IUU fishing on the basis of the EC’s recommendations, reaping positive outcomes, the spokesperson noted.

Vietnam stands ready to coordinate with the EC in combating IUU fishing, she said.

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