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Issue No:57
  • :0973–1121
  • :November
  • :2010
  • :English

Then the fish came alive, with his death in him, and rose high out of the water showing all his great length and width and all his power and his beauty. He seemed to hang in the air above the old man in the skiff. Then he fell into the water with a crash that sent spray over the old man and over all of the skiff.

—from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest  Hemingway

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SEAFOOD EXPORT

EU rules challenge Vietnam’s seafood exporters

Vietnam is implementing regulations on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing set by the European Commission (EC), according to the General Department of Seafood (GDS) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), reports the Vietnam News Agency.

Under the regulation, which took effect last January, Vietnamese seafood exported to the European Union (EU) should have certificates verifying the fish have been caught legally, and meet hygiene and safety conditions.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, together with the GDS and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the EC (DG-MARE), have held training courses on IUU fishing for fishermen and seafood firms, the Vietnam Economic Times added.

It cited the GDS as saying that in the first 10 months of implementing the IUU fishing regulations, agencies have granted nearly 17,000 original certificates and 3,599 catch certificates for over 78,000 tonnes of fishing products in coastal provinces. But there are still many difficulties in implementing the IUU fishing regulations, the department said.

The owners of fishing vessels, for instance, encountered...

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