JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnam Fisheries Association denounces China’s illegal fishing ban

Vietnam Fisheries Association denounces China’s illegal fishing ban

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 15:12 GMT+7

The Vietnam Fisheries Association has issued a document to denounce China’s illegal ban on fishing in the East Vietnam Sea, its president said.

Nguyen Viet Thang, president of the Vietnam Fisheries Association, said the association had sent a document to the Office of the Government, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Central Party Committee’s Commission for External Relations to publicly protest the unlawful move by Chinese authorities.

The opposition followed an announcement by authorities of Haikou, in China’s Hainan Province, of a ban on all fishing activities in the sea area from 12 degrees north parallel to the border of the waters of China’s Guangdong Province with Fujian Province (including Vietnam’s Tonkin Gulf).

The ban applies from 12:00 am on May 16 to 12:00 am on August 1, according to Chinese authorities.

Around 8,000 Chinese fishing vessels, which account for 32 percent of all fishing boats of Hainan Province, had returned to shore by noon on Monday to obey the ban.

In its protest, the association said the illegal seasonal ban by the Chinese has been in place for many years, interfering with the production activities of Vietnamese fishermen, violating Vietnam’s maritime sovereignty over the two archipelagoes of Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel), and Vietnam’s jurisdiction over the waters under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

“The Vietnam Fisheries Association strongly opposes the unilateral, preposterous, and legally invalid ban by Chinese authorities,” the association declared in its protest.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!



Read more




Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Latest news