A delegation from the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries visits Ngoc Hai fishing port in Do Son district of the northern port city of Hai Phong on November 1 (Photo: VNA)
 
Hai Phong (VNA) – A delegation from the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries led by its spokesman Gabriel Mato visited the northern port city of Hai Phong on November 1 to learn about the locality’s efforts in fighting illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Speaking at the working session with the delegation, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Khac Nam said that Hai Phong has a coastline of 125km in length and around 4,000sq.m of ocean surface area, with abundant natural resources and plentiful species of seafood.

Seafood exploitation has connected closely with the fishing grounds in the Gulf of Tonkin and the shared Vietnam-China fishing area.

The province has more than 2,000 fishing vessels, including over 700 ships conducting offshore fishing with a capacity of at least 90CV, Nam stated.

He pointed to several difficulties in seafood production facing the city’s management office and fishing community, such as narrow consumer markets and the fishing port system and concentrated aquatic farming areas in need of investment and technological reform.

He expressed his hope that during the visit, the working delegation will come to know the determination of the entire political system and people in the fight against IUU fishing and towards building and developing sustainable and responsible fisheries in conformity with international principles.

Gabriel Mato acknowledged that Vietnamese authorised offices have revised policies and laws to increase the efficiency of IUU fishing combat.

He said he believes that with the Government’s determination, the country’s ministries and sector will achieve these goals.

On the day, the delegation visited Ngoc Hai fishing port in Do Son district and a shrimp farming establishment that complies with VietGAP standards in Duong Kinh district. –VNA