Two fishery control stations will be established on two islands in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Sea to enforce laws at sea and contribute to safeguarding the country's sovereignty, according to a decision of the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries.
The stations will be built on Song Tu Tay and Da Tay islands, which belong to the Truong Sa Island District that was established in April 2007 in south-central Khanh Hoa Province. Yesterday, May 21, Nguyen Ngoc Oai, deputy head of the Directorate, which is under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, met with the provincial People’s committee to select locations for the two stations. Another station will also be erected in the central city of Da Nang, according to the decision. These stations will patrol, control and inspect every fishing activity in the area between Da Nang and south-central Ninh Thuan Province, and detect and handle violations of fishery regulations. The stations will also take part in search and rescue at sea, and other disaster prevention and control activities to contribute to protecting people and vehicles operating at sea. In addition, the station will contribute to activities that protect the country’s sovereignty, sovereign rights, and national jurisdiction over its territorial waters.
In related news, China recently deployed 32 fishing boats to the Truong Sa region. At a press conference in Hanoi on May 9, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi said in response, “All activities in the East Sea must comply with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), with respect to the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdictional rights of concerned countries.”