The central coastal province of Quang Tri has enhanced surveillance of offshore fishing vessels as part of efforts to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. (Photo: VNA)

Quang Tri (VNA) – The central coastal province of Quang Tri has enhanced surveillance of offshore fishing vessels as part of efforts to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, especially after the European Commission (EC) issued a  “yellow card” warning to the country’s fishery sector.

According to the provincial department of fisheries, offshore fishing vessels are required to report their exact positions and contact with the station of fishing vessel information management.

With boats equipped with fisheries surveillance system called Movimar, they must turn on the machine around the clock so that relevant authorities can keep close track on their positions.

Communication campaigns have been step up to raise public awareness of the strict punishment and consequences of IUU fishing, including economic and assess losses and Vietnamese fishermen’s prestige.

In the past time, Quang Tri organised four training courses for over 200 fishermen, especially captains and ship owners, in Vinh Linh, Gio Linh and Trieu Phong districts.

The measures have brought in positive results as ship owners respect current regulations on fishing certificates, food safety certificates while fishing on the country’s territorial waters.-VNA