98.9 percent of fishing vessels in Ben Tre install monitoring devices hinh anh 1Fishing vessels in Ben Tre (Photo: VNA)

Ben Tre (VNA) – Fishing vessels in the southern province of Ben Tre have completed the installation of monitoring devices in line with regulations, as part of efforts to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as warned by the European Commission.

Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Van Buoi said the department considers the effort as one of the top major tasks to combat IUU fishing.

So far, 98.8 percent of fishing vessels have been equipped with the devices. The remaining stopped operations or went missing.

The department also worked with the provincial Department of Information and Communications to issue a resolution on assisting fishermen in part of subscription fees for the devices in two years.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Minh Canh said authorities will continue raising fishermen’s awareness of regulations on exploitation of aquatic products.

The province will also direct agencies concerned to promptly prevent individuals and organisations from bringing fishing vessels abroad for exploitation./.