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

WWF aims to get 75% of tuna fisheries to MSC standard

WWF aims to work with industry to get 75% of world tuna fisheries to a level where they canbe MSC certified by 2020.

Speaking at the 3rd European Tuna Conference, WWF’s Daniel Suddaby said this is “quite a goal.”

The aim is part of WWF’s Smart Fishing initiative, a program Suddaby — formerly of the MSC — joined three months ago.  Read more of this post

Seafood exports expected to hit US$5.3 billion

Although most seafood businesses have not earned a profit in recent times due to increasing input costs and other difficulties such as lack of materials, they are expected to reach their US$5.3 billion export target.


Seafood exports to most major markets grew, such as the US (up 39 percent), Germany (up 32 percent and Canada (up 200 percent). Tra fish and shrimp also maintained growth in their traditional US, Japan and EU markets.

However, according to the Vietnamese Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP), Vietnamese seafood products still face many challenges. For example, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) put Vietnamese tra fish on the red list in the 2010-2011 manual guidelines for seafood consumers in six European countries. 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

Vietnamese tra fish faces nasty trick, once again

The false information released at “Pangasius Lie” by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the program broadcasted on German television one month ago, has made the demand for tra fish in the north of the Europe decrease dramatically.

At the 30 minute program, a fisheries expert of WWF, Catherine Zucco, said “tra fish are dangerous because they are being farmed on dirty waters.” 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

Tra Vinh: EUR265,500 granted for the sustainable Pangasius supply chain program

The program is applied in all small and medium scaled farming communities, farmer association, cooperative, involved in Pangasius farming at the localities. The program has been carried out for 2 years, from 2010 to 2012

The Provincial People’s Committee has recently approved for the co-ordinate panel of the IMPP – TV (Program to improve the poor’s participation into the market in Tra Vinh) to receive a financial aid of EUR264,542 (or VND7.6 billion) from the Sustainable Pangasius Supply Chain Program, funded by GTZ Read more of this post

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