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I am happy to announce that your favorite blog about Seafood in Vietnam is changing address.

www.vietnamseafoodnews.com 

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The Editor, Xavier.

Jan – May: Pangasius export reaches 263,170MT

According to the Vietnam Customs in Jan-May Vietnam earned approximately US$ 672 million from exporting 263,170 MT of Pangasius up 24.7% in value and 4.7% in volume.

Pangasius export is expected to hit a record US$800 million in the first six months of the year.

In order to stabilize the supply of raw material and export price from July to the end of the year, Vasep Freshwater Fish Committee (VFFC) held a meeting with 25 biggest Pangasius exporters and Dong Thap and An Giang Fish Farming Associations to set the floor prices for export.

Accordingly, price of trimmed and untrimmed Pangasius fillet shipped abroad (except US) were fixed at US$3.3/kilo and US$2.3/kilo, respectively. Read more of this post

Cafatex Corp to promote pangasius certificated GlobalGAP

In the next two months, a pangasius farm of Cafatex Fishery Joint Stock Corporation (Cafatex Corp) will be certificated GlobalGAP.

The farm is located at Cau Ke district, Tra Vinh province on Hau river with the area of 8 hectares and annual production of 5,000 MT of raw pangasius. In the upcoming time, GlobalGAP certification and other international standards will be carried out by pangasius farms of the company with total area of 150 hectares. Read more of this post

Docifish: 20-hectare pangasius farm to be certificated by ASC

Two pangasius farms with the tune of 20 hectares are expected to be granted ASC certificate in 2012. If they are certificated, 6,000 MT of raw pangasius per year – equivalent to 2,000 MT of finished products will be labeled ASC, Docifish Corporation (Docifish) reported.

In late 2010, the company was granted GlobalGAP certificate for its 5 ponds with the total area of 5 hectares which provide 1,500 MT of raw pangasius (500 MT of finished products). However, the supply of GlobalGAP-certificated pangasius only responded to a small part of Docifish’s demand of 6,000 MT of fish for export to the EU market per year. Therefore, the company strives to get certification for 100 percent of its pangasius farms to meet the requirements by its traditional partners and to follow the global trends. Read more of this post

Vietnam: 45 pangasius farms GAP certified

Up to 12th May 2011, 45 pangasius farms with the total area of over 1,000 hectares in Vietnam have been certificated by GlobalGAP. These farms belong to 24 enterprises.

GlobalGAP sets voluntary standards for certification of agricultural products (livestock, aquaculture..) around the globe to ensure food safety and hygiene. The standards cover the process of the certified product from farm inputs until the product leaves the farm. The increasing number of certificated pangasius farms proves that improved quality of the fish. The certification makes great contribution to bolster global consumers’ confidence in Vietnam pangasius products, to expand more potential export markets for the fish. Read more of this post

SGS added to BAP’s auditing team

Add SGS to the list of auditing bodies designated by the Global Aquaculture Alliance to perform Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) audits.

BAP signed an agreement with SGS in which the Switzerland-based firm will perform facility inspections and certification audits for fish farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills that apply for BAP certification, the GAA announced on Tuesday. Read more of this post

New report: Blue Frontiers : Managing the environmental costs of aquaculture

A new and comprehensive analysis released by WorldFish Center and Conservation International (CI) has investigated the environmental impact of the world’s major aquaculture production systems and species, and offers a first-ever global assessment of trends and impacts of cultivated seafood. 

To download the report, click here

Understanding and quantifying the environmental impacts of aquaculture is essential for sound decision making. Using information about environmental impact, policy-makers can establish evidence-based and fair environmental regulations. Read more of this post

Viet Nam – WWF meeting on sustainable development of Pangasius

This is a part of the cooperation agreement signed among the 4 sides in December 2010 for improvement of environmental/social responsability of the Pangasius industry in Vietnam. 

The Viet Nam Directorate of Fisheries (D-FISH), VINAFIS, VASEP, and WWF Viet Nam met with WWF International from April 12 – 14 in Switzerland to discuss the Aquaculture Improvement Project (AIP) for Viet Nam Pangasius industry for the period 2011 – 2015. Read more of this post

EU MP: EU fish farmers must wake up to realities of global market

A leading Eruopean MP has rubbished complaints frm European fish farmers that they are not operating on a level playing field with Vietnamese competitors and told them to “wake up” to the realities of the global market place.

Earlier this month, IntraFish reported on complaints from the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) that European fisheries were disadvantaged compared to Asian producers due to countries like Vietnam operating with lower labor costs and less regulation. Read more of this post

Tra Vinh to develop black tiger shrimp farming according to Global GAP Practices

Agriculture and Fishery Extension Center in Tra Vinh (a northern province in Vietnam) has established two models of black tiger shrimp farming according to Global GAP Practices with an aim to increase shrimp productivity, output, quality serving for consumption and export, ensure safety and hygiene for raw material resources for processing and exporting, earn more foreign currency to the country in 2011.

Models are carried out in Hiep My Dong (Cau Ngang district) and Hiep Thanh commune (Duyen Hai district) with two hectare area and 4 households.

Farmers participating in the model, must have area of 0.25-0.5 hectare and commit to using suitable feed and chemicals in compliance with GAP Practices. These farmers will be supplied 100 percent of seeds and 30 percent of feed cost. Besides, they are provided with training courses, necessary seminars. Read more of this post

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