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The European Commission issued a “yellow card” to Vietnam, indicating that it is being considered as a non-cooperating country in relation to controlling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. At least eight Vietnamese-flagged vessels committed infringements in neighbouring countries and Small Islands Developing States in the Central and Western Pacific where they have fished without a valid licence, and obstructed the work of coastal State officials. Amongst other infractions, Vietnamese authorities did not provide any support to prosecute the cases. The yellow card follows a five-year dialogue between the parties. Vietnamese authorities are invited to engage in a formal procedure of dialogue to resolve the identified issues and implement a plan of corrective actions. Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: “We cannot ignore the impact that illegal activities conducted by Vietnamese vessels are having on marine ecosystems in the Pacific”.

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