The purpose of the plan of the Ministry of National Defense is to specify the necessary tasks and solutions to implement the Government's Resolution No.52/NQ-CP and the Central Military Commission's Action Program No.2835-CTr/QUTW dated June 3, 2024, for carrying out Directive No.32-CT/TW. Additionally, the plan aims to enhance cooperation between the Ministry of National Defense and other central and local ministries and sectors, as well as the People's Committees of 28 coastal provinces and cities. This cooperation is crucial for directing and executing the combat against IUU fishing, removing the European Commission (EU)'s "yellow card" warning on Vietnam's fisheries, and effectively implementing the Party's resolutions and strategies for sustainable marine economic development by 2030, with a vision towards 2045.

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The plan also aims to foster a shift in awareness and actions among the forces involved in combating IUU fishing, with a firm resolve to remove EU’s "yellow card" warning in 2024. This will contribute to the socio-economic development, the protection of the national maritime sovereignty, and the enhancement of Vietnam's international position.

The Steering Committee on IUU Fishing Prevention and Control under the Ministry of National Defense, along with relevant agencies and units, including coastal military regions, the Vietnam Border Guard Command, the Naval Command, and the Vietnam Coast Guard Command, must clearly define their responsibilities and commit themselves to effectively implementing the Government's Resolution No.52/NQ-CP. The plan emphasizes the importance of thoroughly briefing personnel, especially those directly tasked with these duties, to ensure they fully understand the requirements of their missions.

The plan outlines several key contents such as information dissemination to raise awareness of the fight against IUU fishing, inspections at ports, maritime patrols, handling violations strictly, and international cooperation to combat IUU fishing.

Based on the Ministry of National Defense's plan, relevant agencies and units, including the Naval Command, the Vietnam Border Guard Command, the Vietnam Coast Guard Command, and Military Regions 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9 will develop their specific plans. These plans will detail the allocation of forces and resources to effectively carry out the tasks.

Translated by Trung Thanh