Vietnam Fisheries Society Opposes China’s Bien Dong Sea Fishing Ban
|The Vietnam Fisheries Society has strongly opposed China’s unilateral fishing ban in the Bien Dong Sea in 2022. (Photo: VOV)|
China recently issued a fishing ban in the Bien Dong Sea which took effect from May 1 and is expected to last for three months. The fishing ban will cover part of the Gulf of Tonkin and the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago of Vietnam.
According to the Vietnam Fisheries Society, this is a unilateral, repetitive, and unreasonable act of China that seriously violates Vietnam’s sovereignty, rights, and interests in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), as well as international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and relevant international legal documents. It affirmed the Chinese ban runs counter to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC).
The issuance of an annual ban and an extension of the ban on fishing in the Bien Dong Sea increases the risk of clashes between Vietnamese fishing boats and the Chinese coast guard, hindering normal operations of Vietnamese fishing vessels and fishermen in the Vietnamese waters.
The Vietnam Fisheries Society strongly opposed the unilateral ban, declaring it null and void in the Vietnamese waters. It demanded that China immediately end this unreasonable fishing ban in the Bien Dong Sea, including the waters of Vietnamese sovereignty.
The society requested that competent agencies strongly oppose and take drastic measures to immediately stop China’s unreasonable fishing ban. It said it will coordinate with relevant agencies to encourage fishermen to comply with the law and protect their legitimate rights when fishing at sea.
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