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Force for good

Released at: 05:57, 09/07/2014

Force for good

Vietnamese fisherman should feel more secure now, with the county's sea and maritime rights being more firmly protected.

by Ha Anh

Last month saw Vietnam set up a fisheries surveillance force (FSF) to ensure the enforcement of fishing laws at sea. According to the Vietnamese Government, the force is also tasked with monitoring and managing fisheries resources in a sustainable manner together with ensuring the safety of vessels and fishermen.

The force made its debut in the central coastal city of Da Nang on April 15, at a ceremony held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, and representatives from ministries, including the Department of Fishery Protection based in Hanoi and four regional branches, which directly carry out the tasks of patrolling, inspecting, controlling, and detecting and handling violations of fishery laws within the country’s maritime borders.

Addressing the launch, Deputy Prime Minister Hai confirmed the significance of FSF in implementing fishery laws at sea. He asked MARD to work closely with relevant agencies and localities to direct the force to fulfil its tasks in accordance with local and international law, contributing to supporting production, protecting resources, maritime security and national sovereignty, and Vietnam’s jurisdiction in the East Sea, and in implementing international commitments to which Vietnam is a party.

Deputy PM Hai also asked MARD to coordinate with the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance, and Planning & Investment as well as relevant agencies in developing policies to ensure the force’s operations and to devise a master plan to develop the force to 2020 with a vision to 2030. With more than 3,000km of sea routes, this should have been done years ago, analysts said when the force was announced. Better late than never, though, and at least Vietnam’s fishermen are now much better protected than they were in the past.

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