The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has urged authorities in Vietnam’s coastal localities to speed up the installation of satellite-positioning Movimar devices to monitor fishing boats (Illustrative photo: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has urged authorities in Vietnam’s coastal localities to speed up the installation of satellite-positioning Movimar devices to monitor fishing boats.

Accordingly, the coastal provinces and cities are asked set up the Movimar devices in boats with lengths of 24m or more.

Meanwhile, fishermen are required to turn on the equipment round-the-clock during their trips, as the Movimar devices help to conduct inspections, discover fishing boats with signs of violations and punish ship captains who deliberately break the rules.

The MARD is working on a decree guiding the implementation of the 2017 Law on Fisheries, including regulations on the fishing boat monitoring system. Thus, it has requested that coastal cities and provinces increase patrols, as well as tighten the inspection and monitoring of fishing activities.

The ministry also urged to better disseminate regulations about illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing at fishing harbours and ask vessels to keep their satellite-positioning systems active all day and night.

As one of the most modern positioning systems, Movimar comprises two main parts: machines installed on the boats and the inshore monitoring system. 

The equipment on boats automatically transfers co-ordinates and time from the boats to the monitoring centre every two hours. The data helps the centre keep track of the speed and direction of boats, thus providing timely support in case of emergency and assisting boats’ fishing activities.

In addition, the devices deliver forecasts on the weather and fishing fields, helping fishermen save costs, especially fuel, resulting in more effective operation and reduced risks.-VNA