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Issue No:78
  • :January
  • :2018

Samudra Report No.78, January 2018


Re-visiting the Law

The government of Vietnam seeks to empower the country's fishermen through the landmark passage of an amended fisheries law

This article is by Than Thi Hien (, Vice Director, Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD), Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam is home to one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world, providing habitats that include mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds and coastal lagoons for a wide variety of species. Because of this diversity (particularly in commercially valuable species) and its extensive coastline (over 3,000 km), an important sector of Vietnam’s economy is fishing. However, its coastal fisheries are suffering under intense overexploitation. It is reported that the catch in areas of 50 m depth or less is two to three times higher than the maximum sustainable yield (MSY). This simply cannot be sustained. The country’s fisheries sector is governed by a suite of legislation at both State and provincial levels. The strategic fisheries master plan, revised and adopted in 2013, has the overall aim to focus on value-added growth and sustainable development of the fisheries sector. As part of the re-structuring and reform strategies, the...

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