The ministry made the statement in response to an announcement released by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture which says that the fishing ban will last from May 1 to August 16, 2018, covering the East Sea (South China Sea), including the Gulf of Tonkin and Vietnam’s territorial waters. Photo for illustration In a document issued on April 23, the ministry asked competent agencies to inform fishermen about China’s fishing ban. Coastal localities were also requested to encourage fishermen to maintain their normal fishing activities in Vietnam’s waters and go sailing in groups in order to support each other at sea. Of note, fishing boats licensed to go fishing in the shared fishing grounds in the Gulf of Tonkin in 2017-2018 should not operate in the eastern area of the demarcation line in the Gulf during the period of the Chinese fishing ban, the ministry said. People’s Committees of coastal cities and provinces were asked to instruct competent agencies to closely monitor the operation of fishing boats during the period, and promptly report incidents emerging at sea to the MARD. Earlier, the Vietnam Fisheries Society (VINAFIS) has voiced its protest against China’s unilateral decision to ban fishing in the East Sea,… Read full this story
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