Serious shortage of raw materials for seafood processing

Empty processing factory in Vietnam

Empty harvesting basket in Pangasius farm

Most of the seafood processing enterprises in Phu Yen, a southern province in Vietnam, are lacking of raw materials due to a lean harvest and low marine capture. Since the early this year, local processors have to buy raw materials from many other regions.

Currently, Phu Yen has a fish farming area of about 2,000 hectares in which white shrimp farming area accounts for nearly 1,200 hectares. So far this year, due to unfavorable weather, water resources and environmental pollution, hectares of shrimp have died, leading farmers face heavy loss. This situation makes raw material for local procesing plants in the province become scarce. Read more of this post


Closer co-operation between stakeholders to keep Tra fish exports growing


Speaking at the meeting organized by the Center for Research and Analysis Financial Data Gafin, the former deputy Minister of Fishery, Nguyen Thi Hong Minh, said Tra Production and export enjoyed strong growth in the past 10 years.

In the period, the area under tra farming increased by fivefold to 6,000ha, with output rising 35 times, reaching 1.35 million tonnes.

Export revenue also increased strongly, from $40 million to $1.43 million in the period, she said, adding that tra fish was exported to 136 countries and territories. Read more of this post

Mekongfishco’s profit reached VND15 billion, up 26.25 percent over the same period last year

Mekongfish Co (Coded AAM-HOSE) announced business report in the 1st quarter of 2011 and informed its first quarter revenue, up 26.25% over the same period last year.

Accordingly, in the first quarter of this year, the company attained VND125.86 billion of turnover and service provision, VND14.92 billion of post – tax profit, VND1,458 of earning per share. Read more of this post

MARD and GLOBALGAP signed a cooperation agreement at Brussels Seafood Show.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam will sign during ESE a cooperation agreement with GLOBALG.A.P, focusing on capacity building and implementation support.

This cooperation agreement will be signed at the GLOBALG.A.P Press Conference on 4 May 2011, from 11 to 12 h, Room 1122.


It’s official: ASC in operation

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) on Tuesday marked the end of the organization’s development phase and the beginning of its operational phase.

During a brief ceremony at the European Seafood Exposition, the first four sets of farmed-seafood standards developed by the World Wildlife Fund-organized Aquaculture Dialogues — tilapia, pangasius, abalone and bivalves — were officially handed over to the ASC. Jose Villalon, managing director of the World Wildlife Fund’s aquaculture program, was there to ceremoniously hand over the standards to Bas Geerts, the ASC’s new director of standards. Read more of this post

NACA released the guideline on Aquaculture Society Certification

Display full image These guidelines are the key output of the MPEDA/NaCSA/NACA collaborative project on the certification of aquaculture societies.

Draft guidelines developed by the project partners were discussed at the inception meeting on aquacutlure society certifiction held at Kakinada during 1-2 September 2009. The meeting was attended by leaders of the aquaculture societies, representatives of certifying bodies and institutions.

As per the recommendations of the inception meeting, pilot testing of group certification was carried out during January to September 2010 in three societies and the draft guidelines were revised in October 2010, considering the lessons learnt from the pilot testing. Read more of this post

FAO Report: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2010

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) is the flagship publication of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. This premier advocacy document is published every two years to provide policy-makers, civil society and those whose livelihoods depend on the sector a comprehensive, objective and global view of capture fisheries and aquaculture, including associated policy issues.

The report here: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2010

The current global economic crisis, food price volatility and increase in weather events constitute global challenges – including for the fisheries and aquaculture sector. However, the sector also provides opportunities to improve livelihood prospects, ensure resource sustainability and foster economic growth.  Read more of this post

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