Conference reviews updating national fisheries database hinh anh 1Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam (Source: VNA)

Thanh Hoa (VNA) – A conference has been held in central Thanh Hoa province to review the update of the national fisheries database (Vnfishbase) so as to expand the system to 20 remaining coastal provinces.

The Vnfishbase system is part of a project on enhancing the capability of fisheries administration funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

The system is an online and synchronous portal for the fishery sector’s management, including vessel registration, fishing licences, fishing output at fishing ports, among others.

It was piloted in Thanh Hoa from June to September 2016, and then officially carried out in eight provinces, namely Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Soc Trang, and Ca Mau from November 2016.

According to a local agricultural official, the system has been run on trial in Thanh Hoa province, facilitating the monitor of fishing licences, annual technical checks. However, it exposed some shortcomings such as unstable operation, decentralised administration or report.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam said the ministry will cooperate with the FPT Information System Company - the consultant unit, and relevant localities to complete the upgrade of the national fisheries database in line with the revised Law on Fisheries.

He also expressed his hope that authorities of relevant localities will pay due attention to implementing and operating the system and assign competent staff for the work.-VNA