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Kien Giang (VNA) – The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the southern province of Kien Giang has announced the list of 25 fishing vessels and owners violating the efforts to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU) as required by the European Commission.

Such vessels are mostly in Rach Gia city and the districts of Chau Thanh, Kien Hai and Phu Quoc.

Realising the Prime Minister’s directions on fighting IUU, the province has taken synchronous measures. The Kien Giang Radio & Television built a column “Fishing in Vietnam’s exclusive waters”, a live dialogue “Preventing, mitigating and eliminating IUU” and many news items themed “Kien Giang raises public awareness of preventing fishermen from fishing in foreign waters”.

Kien Giang newspaper and 15 radio and television stations of cities and districts popularised the Prime Minister’s Dispatch No.732/CD-TTg and Directive No.45/CT-TTg on dealing with IUU warning.

The province offered training courses to cultural and television officers on raising public awareness of the dispatch and directive, the Fishery Law 2017, guidelines on writing itinerary, and regulations on dealing with administrative violations. It also issued over 7,000 leaflets to make it easier to identify violated vessels.

The local competent agencies also inspected 1,132 fishing vessels with 12,452 members and issued thousands of leaflets to captains and crew.

As a result, nearly 100 administrative violation cases were dealt with while over 120 vessels were found to violate regulations on writing itinerary and marking fishing boats.-VNA