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


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

Pressure grows against WWF’s ‘shoddy’ shrimp certification standards

Activists from more than 40 Organisations around the world released an open letter addressed to the committee members of the WWF -led Aquaculture Dialogues.

Recently, at an event at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels WWF’s new certification standards for tilapia, pangasius, abalone and bivalves were ceremonially presented to the newly-formed Aquaculture Stewardship Council – another WWF-led body. Read more of this post

VINH HOAN CORP: Striving to assure 100 percent of raw material demand

Vinh Hoan Corp held a shareholder meeting on 25 April 2011. 

Ms. Truong Thi Le Khanh, CEO and President, said the company earned US$32 million in export turnover in Q1/2011, up 9 percent against the same period last year. Its after-tax profit reached VND72 billion out of a revenue of VND800 billion.   Read more of this post

WWF accused of selling out to industry with new ASC aquaculture standards

In response to yesterday’s formal launch of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) by WWF, a number of locally based community activists and some environmental groups condemned the WWF approach as a sell out to the international aquaculture industry. 

Issuing a statement in Brussels, that called the standards for tilapia, pangasius, abalone and bivalves “a crude attempt […] that perpetuated unsustainable production systems” the activists dismissed WWF’s claim that the standards were developed in consultation with local communities and indigenous peoples who are affected by aquaculture farms. Read more of this post

Vietnam needs to cooperate for sustainable tra fish farming / WWF issue

 After the World Wildlife Fund WWF put Vietnamese tra fish onto the red list, and then removed it from the list, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) and the Vietnam Fisheries Society (VINAFIS) have signed a memorandum of cooperation with WWF, in order to make Vietnamese tra fish into a farming product of sustainable development.

In mid April, a delegation of Vietnamese officials and businessmen from the Directorate of Fisheries, VASEP and VINAFIS arrived in Geneva, Switzerland, to have a working session with WWF on the building up of a 5-year cooperation program and discussing the implementation of the signed memorandum of cooperation.

Deputy General Director of the Directorate of Fisheries, Pham Anh Tuan, talked with Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon on the outcome of the trip.

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For pangasius, the squeeze is on

Things are getting desperate for Vietnam’s pangasius industry. On the one hand, sales by wholesalers, retailers and foodservice operators are suffering badly following the “Pangasius Lie” TV program that aired in Germany last month. On the other hand, sky-high production costs are forcing farmers out of business in Vietnam.

During the past few weeks, consumer demand for pangasius in northern Europe has nosedived, particularly in Germany. Read more of this post

Vietnam – WWF International meeting in Europe

Three months ago, an agreement on improving environmental and social responsibility to develop sustainably pangasius farming in Vietnam was signed between 4 parties including WWF International, WWF Vietnam, Vietnam Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters (VASEP) and VINAFISH. Read more of this post

Tomboy / Skretting Vietnam is the first to produce “ASC compliant” Pangasius Feed.

Along the last months, a lot of fish buyers, processors and farmers have contacted the International Collaborating Centre for Aquaculture and Fisheries Sustainability (ICAFIS) seeking advice about how to implement the standard set by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) for Pangasius.

One of the most common question is how to supply “ASC compliant” Pangasius feed. Read more of this post

WWF/ASC Poised to Launch Certification Standards for Farmed Shrimp

Co-founded in 2009 by the World Wide Fund (WWF) and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative,Council (ASC) is poised to launch its certification standards for shrimp.  Jose Villalon, director of aquaculture for WWF, said the standards should be completed by the end of March 2011.  “After the completion of each standard, there’s a period of about six to eight months to complete the guidance document for implementation,” said Villalon.  “Obviously, the ASC can’t do anything until they receive that guidance document.  …ASC is about improvement over time.”

Villalon said when our “outreach” is completed and the major retailers and foodservice suppliers understand the ASC difference, “That’s when you’ll see the value of what we’re doing.”

Philip Smith,  CEO of the ASC, acknowledged that while a huge amount of emphasis has been placed on the WWF-directed Aquaculture Dialogue process, lots of attention is needed elsewhere, such as a thorough look at chain-of-custody assessments.

Peter Hajipieris, director of sustainability and external affairs with Birds Eye Iglo and a member of the ASC supervisory board, said the first ASC-branded products are likely to appear in retail markets toward the end of 2011.  He said work is still being done on the design of the ASC logo that will be used on ASC-certified products.

This is the first time an aquaculture standard has been created under the ISEAL (International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labeling Alliance) code.


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