Fishers enjoy bumper mackerel, tuna catch

Fishers in central Thua Thien-Hue Province’s Phu Vang District are already making large profits this year from the sale of mackerel and tuna.

After three days at sea, fishing vessels were returning to port up to 2 tonnes, valued at over VND120 million (US$5,454). During last 10 days, fishermen in the district have landed around 200 tonnes of cod and tuna, according to statistics from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.



France to help Vietnam’s offshore fishing industry

Vietnam ’s 3,000 high-sea fishing ships will be installed with locating devices, ensuring safety for fishermen and helping them increase production, thanks to a new project between Vietnam and France .

Under the project on monitoring fishing vessels by satellite project signed in Paris on Feb. 16, France ’s Collecte Localisiation Satellite (CLS) Company will supply equipment, transfer installation technology and provide training for Vietnamese officials in using the equipment.

The project worth 13.9 million EUR will be carried out from 2011-2014 Read more of this post

Vietnam: New circular on traceability and quality

On 21st January, 2011, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development issued Circular No.03/2011/TT-BNNPTNT regulating the traceability and recall of low quality products  in the fisheries sector.

This Circular regulates the principles and procedures for traceability and products recall that does not guarantee the quality and food safety in the fisheries sector; the responsibilities of organizations and individuals involved in the production and business processes in the fisheries sector as well as other relevant agencies in implementing this Circular. Read more of this post

FAO publication: Private standards and certification in fisheries and aquaculture

Private standards and certification in fisheries and aquacuture

Hello everybody,

FAO has just released a publication named “Private Standards and certification in fisheries and aquaculture; current practice and emerging issues”

To download the report, click here: Private standards and certification in fisheries and aquaculture

I did not read it yet, but i am happy to post the introduction below:

Private standards and related certification schemes are becoming significant features of international fish trade and marketing. They have emerged in areas where there is a perception that public regulatory frameworks are not achieving the desired outcomes, such as sustainability and responsible fisheries management. Their use is also becoming more common in efforts to ensure food safety, quality and environmental sustainability in the growing aquaculture industry.

Private standards are now a key mechanism for large-scale retailers and commercial brand owners wishing to translate requirements – both product and process specifications – to other parts of the supply chain. This is especially important as supply chains become more vertically integrated. Indeed, from the perspective of the firm, private standards and the certification sitting behind them can serve as mechanisms for safety and quality assurance. They can also facilitate traceability, standardization of products from a range of international suppliers, and transparency of production processes. Read more of this post

Vietnam: US$300 million tuna export on target

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) is targeting US$300 million in tuna exports this year, up 4.5% year-on-year.

The association hopes the recently agreed cuts to international blue-fin tuna fishing will mean better earnings for the yellow-fin tuna industry here.

A 40% cut in the blue-fin tuna catch in the eastern Atlantic Ocean region has been agreed by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna while the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Blue-fin Tuna will reduce catches by 20% this year.

Now is a good chance for local exporters as the nation primarily exports yellow-fin tuna, VASEP said.

Domestic enterprises would have trouble expanding their export markets due to a lack of input materials, an official from Dragon Waves Seafood Co. in Khanh Hoa Province said, however.

There are large tuna fishing fleets in Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen provinces.


Nemuro wants to cooperate with Vietnam on fisheries

Nemuro city (Japan) wants to cooperate with Vietnam on processing and consumption of salmon and mackerel (sanma). Nemuro which hast he largest seafood catches in Japan is heading to Vietnamese markets.

Three months ago, at the invitation of Nemuro city government, the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development sent the delegation to work here from 6th to 10th October, 2010 to establish the relationship of seafood business with this city. During the trip, Vice Chairman of Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) Phan Thanh Chien and leaders of some seafood enterprises had the opportunity to visit Nemuro’s fishing ports and processing plants.

In response, on 12th January, 2011, Mr. Shunsuke Hasegawa, Mayor of Nemuro led the delegation to visit and work with the Directorate of Fisheries (D-FISH). Deputy Director of D-FISH received the delegation.

Mr. Shunsuke Hasegawa said, currently, the city has a 20 feet container of sanma and salmon awaiting export to Vietnam. However, the time of export registration and awaiting the results from local and Japanese authorities so long, thus, this container has not been exported to Vietnam as expected.

Recently, the strong yen makes the price of seafood expensive. However, the price of sanma – the speciality of Nemuro is still cheaper than others and is not competitive due to the local processing companies have not experienced to export. 24 sanma processing enterprises in Nemuro must export through other enterprises in Tokyo.

It is found that Vietnam is a potential market with the growing economy, much population, increasing Vietnamese people’s income and strong consumption power, Nemuro took the initiative to Vietnam to learn and discuss the cooperation plan on seafood processing and export in the future.

He said Nemuro is very willing to cooperate to export salmon, sanma; transfer the technology and technique to Vietnam. However, the current import duty of 18 percent is the big burden for seafood enterprises in Nemuro. To cooperate more favorably, Nemuro hope Vietnamese Government to consider reducing this duty to zero as soon as possible.

According to the Bilateral Trade Partnership Agreement, Vietnam nearly opens “door” for most Japanese seafood products. However, applying 18 percent import duty for Japanese sanma is totally reasonable. For example, Vietnamese tuna (especially yellowfin tuna) are still subject to the import duty to Japan of 40 percent higher than its neighbors. Vietnam welcomes the cooperative behavior of Nemuro city and wants to “open door” for many Japanese seafood products. Thus, to consider reducing a number of tariff lines, including the potential items of Nemuro such as sanma, tuna completely depends on the level of priority and the “open” of Japanese government.


Vietnam working to meet new EU export rules

Twenty-one out of 28 coastal provinces in Vietnam have had ships register to verify the origin of aquatic products to be exported to the European market since the country began implementing regulations on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing 10 months ago.

According to official estimates, Vietnam has about 100,000 fishing boats which the government considers is too high and is partly responsible for overfishing in inshore waters

The fishery sector has also granted almost 17,000 certificates of origin to more  than 78,000 metric tons of products caught at sea that were eligible for export to  the European Union.

However, adherence to IUU regulations is stil  facing a wide range of difficulties as  seafood exporters have to buy materials from different fishing boats and provinces.  As a result, each of these shipments has many certificates of origin instead of only  one as required by the European Commission.

In addition, the failure to agree on a number of products between Vietnam and the  EU has confused businesses and authorized agencies certifying the products.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is planning to set up a working group to coordinate with the EC’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) to deal with these hurdles.

Vietnam has recently stepped up aquaculture, especial y the raising of fish, shrimp and molluscs, along with boosting the netting of aquatic products from the natural environment.

MARD’s statistics show the country has caught more than two million metric tons and raised over 2.2 mil ion metric tons of aquatic products during the first 10 months of 2010, year-on-year increases of 9 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

During the reviewed period, Vietnam raked in $3.9 bil ion (€2.9 billion) from the export of the products. The nation is expanding outlets to Latin America and the Middle East besides maintaining traditional key markets of the United States, Japan and the Europe.

Copyright 2010 Asia Pulse.

Fisheries expect 10% annual growth

HCM CITY — The country’s aquaculture industry aims to achieve annual growth of 8-10 per cent until 2015, with export revenue estimated to reach US$6.7billion by 2015 and $8billion by 2020.

Speaking at a conference yesterday in HCM City, the former deputy Minister of Fishery, Nguyen Thi Hong Minh, said the Viet Nam Fishery Export Development Plan called for the country to develop the fishery sector into a large-scale production sector with high global competitiveness.

By 2015, fishery materials for processing exports is expected to reach 3.2-3.5 million tonnes, 2.5-2.6 million tonnes of which will come from local production and the remaining from imports, according to the plan.

In addition, by 2020, all export-processing establishments will meet international regulations on food and environment.

All processing firms will take part in production chains and carry out traces on the product’s source.

The industry will also focus on developing the processing industry to raise product value and improve the competitiveness of Vietnamese fishery products.

To achieve the target, the sector plans to maintain the area for tiger prawns and tra catfish farming, as well as improve farming technology to prevent disease and invest more on irrigation systems.

All shrimp and tra fish farms will meet the Best Aquaculture Practices standards or Good Agricultural Practices. Origin of the fish will be able to be traced.

In addition, the sector will increase production of seafood products that have high export potential, including anabas, scallops and crab.

The sector also aims to maintain output for marine capture at about 2 million tonnes per year, of which 490,000 tonnes will be used for processing exports.

It will also invest in post-harvest technology to raise value and quality.

Export markets

In the coming years, besides seeking new export markets, the industry would maintain the key export markets of the EU, Japan and the US, Minh said.

“The Middle East, North Africa, South Africa and western China are also markets with high potential,” said Nguyen Viet Manh from General Department of Seafood.

He also urged local firms to diversify their products in an effort to meet increasing demand from customers both in and outside the country.

Tran Thi Dung from the Institute of Fisheries Economics and Planning said the world seafood consumption per capita was estimated to increase by 0.4 per cent per year, creating big opportunities for local seafood exporters to increase exports.

However, the increasing imposition of technical and trade barriers to protect local production of importing countries would cause many difficulties for seafood export firms, she said.

Luong Le Phuong, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the fishery sector recorded remarkable achievement in the past years, bringing to the country billions in foreign currency from exports every year.

The sector had great potential to continue its current growth, but there were a number of challenges ahead to achieve sustainable growth for the sector, he said.

A lack of co-operation led to unhealthy competition among fishery enterprises and fraudulent practices reduced quality and harmed the prestige of Vietnamese fishery products in foreign markets.

Many delegates complained that State management policies to develop the sector focused on quantity rather than quality or depth.

They also asked the government to review policies that conflict and apply stricter fines or penalties to prevent fraudulent practices to deter habitual violators of the law. — VNS

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