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. 

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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


‘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


Aquaculture – a solution to the word’s increasing demend for animal protein.
Fish provides a vital source of good quality and high protein food for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The fishery industry sector contributes in an important way to world food security, in fact fish products continue to be the most-traded of food commodities, worth a record $102 billion in 2008 with a total world production of fish and fish products rose from 140 million MT in 2007 to 145 million MT in 2009.

Vietnam: Fisheries sector gets advice on green outcomes

Danish experts have called on Vietnam to look seriously into the fisheries sector’s impact on the environment and society after recognizing its great contribution to the national economy.

They raised their concerns at a workshop in Hanoi on December 3 where a report on analyses of the economic strategy of the fisheries industry was released.

Danish Ambassador John Nielsen emphasized major achievements made by the Vietnamese fisheries sector which has emerged as one of the 20 biggest seafood exporters in the world.

The fishing sector has made huge contributions to Vietnam’s economic development as well as living standards, said the chief Danish diplomat in the country.

His view was echoed by Simon McCoy from a research group on economic development under the University of Copenhagen, who highlighted numerous challenges for the industry.

He said aquaculture was booming in Vietnam but so far there was no serious evaluation of its impact on the environment and society.

The industry set itself to contribute between 30 and 35 percent to the agriculture-forestry-fisheries gross production output and achieve an annual growth rate of 8-10 percent by 2020.

To meet that goal, the report recommended the fisheries industry diversify domestic fish species and increase the efficiency of legal enforcement on environmental management, including liquid waste treatment and limited use of chemicals.

Fisheries leaders were advised to help fishermen find sideline occupations in an effort to reduce excessive catches while efforts should also be made to build a strategy in response to climate change.

Sector associations such as the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors and their branches at provincial levels were urged to work together in order to mitigate negative impacts caused by competition among processors on the sector and the national economy as a whole.


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