Sustainability Times —
Vietnam was issued a yellow card in October 2017 by the European Commission (EC) because of rampant illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities by Vietnamese fishermen and fishing vessels.
Since then, following its carding system, the EC have conducted several reviews of Vietnam’s fisheries and seafood-related policies and efforts to determine whether the yellow card would be maintained or rescinded. However, all results disappointed both sides.
EC’s requirements, Vietnam’s frustration
The failure of Vietnam’s efforts in removing the yellow card should be ascribed to Vietnam’s limited progress in improving fisheries governance and curbing IUU fishing.