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Binh Thuan (VNA) – A national conference on co-management in protecting fishery resources between the State and community took place in the central province of Binh Thuan on December 9.

Hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)’s Directorate of Fisheries and the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the event was attended by authorities, representatives of the fisheries sectors and fishermen of cities and provinces from Quang Ninh to Ca Mau.

It aimed to refine legal framework and boost coordination in co-management in fishery resources protection and to rally financial support to support local fishermen and protect the coastal eco-system.

Nguyen Thi Thu Huyen, National Coordinator of the UNDP/GEF SGP, said the National Assembly’s adoption of the Fisheries Law marks a turning point in community-based management in the fisheries sector. The law provides the legal foundation for fishermen’s official access to fisheries resources and the recognition and promotion of their role in managing such resources.

Hidenao Watanabe from the Japan International Cooperation Agency suggested establishing fishery exploitation groups with government support.

In Binh Thuan, pilot models in co-management in fishery resources protection are underway in Phuoc The commune, Tuy Phong district and Thuan Quy commune, Ham Thuan Nam district, which have achieved positive results.

Earlier on December 8, a working group from the MARD inspected the pilot model in co-managing ark shell farming in Thuan Quy commune, Ham Thuan Nam district.-VNA