Ca Mau province is undertaking a number of drastic measures to prevent local fishermen from illegal fishing in foreign waters (Photo: VNA)

Ca Mau (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau is undertaking a number of drastic measures to prevent local fishermen from illegal fishing in foreign waters and raise their awareness of the matter and related laws.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Tien Hai assigned the local police to work with border guards to timely detect and impose penalties on those who take boats and fishermen to go fishing in foreign waters, and acts of smuggling and commercial frauds at sea.

The border guards must increase control and inspection of offshore fishing vessels and encourage boat owners, captains and sailors to sign commitment of not illegal fishing in waters of neighbouring countries like Thailand or Malaysia.

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The provincial authorities also continue educating local fishermen on related laws, urging them to refrain from unlawful activities in foreign waters. Local administrations and relevant agencies will hold workshops and training sessions on a regular basis to improve their awareness of the issue and provide them a thorough understanding of international offshore fishing regulations to avoid risks and losses.

The province pledged to strictly impose heavy penalties on the violations in line with the government’s decree No. 103/2013/ND-CP, including heavy fines and revocation of captain licences and permits of aquatic resource exploitation.-VNA