Khanh Hoa – Vietnam Fisheries Trade Union
(VFTU) on May 29 held a communication event aiming to raise awareness of
union members on national sovereignty over seas and islands as well as on the
prevention and combat of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Participants at the event were updated on the current
situation of the country’s sea and islands, efforts to combat IUU fishing associated with the responsibilities of union members and fishermen towards having the “yellow card” imposed by the European Commission
on Vietnamese fishery products removed.
According to the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour, the
VFTU has 90 chapters in 16 out of 28 coastal provinces and cities, with nearly
18,000 members and over 5,200 fishing vessels of more than 15m in length.
In recent years, the VFTU has been proactive in popularising legal
documents on seas and islands and calling on its members and boat owners to combat
IUU fishing. It has coordinated with relevant agencies in providing national
flags, first aid kits and life vests to fishermen.
The trade union has timely issued statements rejecting the unilateral fishing ban in the East Sea by foreign countries, as well as protesting acts that hinder, drive away, attack and arrest people and property of union members and Vietnamese fishermen.
At the event, the
VFTU signed several cooperation agreements with enterprises such as Son Ha Group, Bao Viet Insurance Corporation and
Minh Hong Phuc Vietnam Co. Ltd. These agreements will create favourable
conditions for union members to access products and services at preferential
prices, thereby helping them feel secure while operating at sea, contributing
to protecting the country’s sovereignty over sea and islands./.