Fisheries processors struggling with hardships

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP) on June 14 organised a conference to report export situation as well as the serious shortage of materials.

Truong Dinh Hoe, general Secretary of VASEP, reported that the shrimp export so gar has accounted for 35.5 percent of the country’s total seafood export turnover. Mekong Delta now has 213,500 hectares of shrimp raising area, expected to reach the output of 213,000 tonnes – the great supply for export. But, due to epidemic, 52,270 ha of shrimp raising area here was damaged seriously for which the processors are facing shortage of materials for export. Read more of this post

VN, Indonesia to expand fish farming cooperation

Vietnam and Indonesia will further agricultural and aquacultural cooperation in the future.

This intention was signalled during separate meetings of Vietnamese officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Indonesian Minister of Trade and Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, on the occasion of Vietnam ’s attendance at the East Asian World Economic Forum (WEF) 2011 in Indonesia from June 12-13. 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

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

KHANH HOA: Catch landing reached 27,987MT in Jan-May

According to Khanh Hoa Statistic Department, in the last five months, catch landing reached 27,987 MT, down 4.4% over the same period last year.

Due to increasing fuel price, local fishing vessels only caught 22,952MT of fish, down 4.8 percent. In addition, aquaculture production reached 2,508MT, up 0.3 percent, including 228MT of lobster, up 3.6 percent.

The province produces nearly 1.4 billion of shrimp juveniles, up 8.7 percent over the same period of 2010. So far, farmers have stocked shrimp in an area of 3,675 ha. The Department of Aquaculture has inspected 314 million of shrimp juveniles.
Source: Vietfish International

GLOBALGAP: Presentation, Videos and Pictures of News Conference at European Seafood Exposition 2011

GLOBALG.A.P presents in 2011 the new revised Version 4.

For the Aquaculture Scope, a 4-year intensive revision work has led to a standard that provides any aquaculture operation worldwide the opportunity to demonstrate good aquaculture practices across major categories, e.g. any finfish, crustacean or mollusc farming activity can now apply for GLOBALG.A.P Aquaculture Certification. Read more

GLOBALG.A.P presents expanded opportunties for aquaculture operations to apply for certification

GLOBALGAP has presented the new revised version 4.for the Aquaculture scope, a 4-years intensive revision work has led to a standard that provides any aquaculture operation worldwide the opportunity to demonstrate good aquaculture practices across major categories, e.g any finfish, crustacean or mollusc farming activity can now apply for GLOBALGAP Aquaculture certification. 

Aquaculture Version 4 is product of public consultations with more than 500 comments received from stakeholders representing 116 organizations worldwide that comprise certification bodies, retailers, research centers, universities, NGOs, suppliers, farmers, Read more of this post

Vietnam producers see rising sales, dwindling profits

Vietnam’s seafood exporters are seeing a worrying trend: higher revenues offset by higher costs. The Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development released figures from the first quarter of 2011 that showed export revenues were up by 22 percent to $1.1 billion (€687 million), but profit was hard to come by, the Saigon Daily reported. Read more of this post

‘Green’ farming key to exports

 The environmental impacts of aquaculture and sustainable production practices have become important factors in purchasing decisions made by export markets, experts said yesterday.

Farmers, breeders and processors should be aware of this and apply strict standards in all their operations, Pham Anh Tuan, deputy director of the General Department of Fisheries told a conference in HCM City.

The conference, which focused on tra (pangasius) exports, heard that Viet Nam exported 153,062 tonnes of the fish worth US$376,430 in the first three months of the year, an increase of 5.2 per cent in volume and 21.6 per cent in value over the same period last year. Read more of this post

Egypt hopes to enhance ties with Vietnam

Egypt will be Vietnam’s potential partner and a gateway for Vietnamese products to penetrate the African market, said Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohamet Hegazy.

Hegazy, who has made his first official visit to Vietnam, said this at an interview granted to a VOV reporter about the development of the Egypt-Vietnam relationship. Read more of this post

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