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Binh Dinh (VNA) – Having the largest fleet of offshore fishing vessels, the central province of Binh Dinh has implemented a line-up of measures to help local fishermen locate fishing areas and avoid violating foreign territorial waters.

The province has asked local authorities to encourage local trawlers to continue offshore fishing by equipping them with high-frequency communication equipment integrated with the global positioning system (GPS).

Ship owners have been requested to keep contact with the mainland radio stations and turn on the long-haul land mobile communication devices so that the stations can monitor the fishing vessels and stop them from violating foreign maritime sovereignty.

Strict punishment will be handed out to individuals illegally fishing out at sea in line with Government Decree No.103/2013/ND-CP, which stipulates the handling of administrative violations in fishery activities.

Furthermore, the province has also recommended the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to enhance negotiation for cooperation in seafood exploitation with regional countries to enlarge legal fishing areas.

Patrols will be increased among the Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance, the Vietnam Coast Guard and the naval force to protect Vietnamese fishermen and prevent foreign vessels from entering Vietnamese waters.

Binh Dinh province has so far provided more than 2,250 communication devices and 4,000 maritime boundary diagrams for local fishermen so far as well as delivered documents related to sea and island sovereignty.-VNA