May 9, 2014

 

Vietnam aims to develop sustainable pangasius supply chain
 

 

In order for the industry to improve the quality and develop the sustainability of production, the Vietnamese fisheries and aquaculture sector is aiming to maintain current levels of production and exports of pangasius.

 

Over the next two years (2015-16), the action by the Directorate of Fisheries and the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) will see more of the production achieve sustainable accreditation.

 

The sector, which has a large presence at the Global Seafood Expo in Brussels the week of the fifth of May of 2014, says that a great number of producers are applying to the Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) accreditation for pangasius.
 

The fisheries directorate says the requirements for VietGAP are the same as for the other international standards such as Global Good Agricultural Practices (GlobalGAP), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP).

 

At the expo, leading Vietnamese company Hoang Long is the one company claiming ASC accreditation for its tilapia and pangasius production. The company hopes to be BAP certified shortly as it is going through all the auditing procedures for accreditation.

 

The move by more and more producers to seek sustainability and quality accreditation is helping the Vietnamese seafood production find new markets in countries such as the EU, USA and Japan according to VASEP.

 

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