November 23, 2023


Aquaculture Stewardship Council summit highlights responsible seafood production in Vietnam


Seafood buyers from major global markets gathered in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam for the latest Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) summit, offering participants a closer look at the practices of responsible farmers engaged in shrimp and pangasius production, Perishable News reported.


The five-day commercial visit included a series of interactive activities such as tours of certified seafood farms, processing facilities, and feed mills. These activities contribute to the responsible care and supply of ASC certified and labelled seafood, a significant component of Vietnamese seafood exports globally.


Vietnam is one of the largest aquaculture producers in the world, boasting over 300 ASC certified shrimp farm sites and more than 50 ASC certified pangasius farm sites. Annually, the country produces approximately 73,000 metric tonnes of ASC certified shrimp and nearly 85,000 metric tonnes of ASC certified pangasius.


Ssangjin Lee, fish buyer and ESG Manager at Lottemart (South Korea), said that visiting various aquaculture farms abroad was a great experience, and he witnessed how advanced the production facilities were. He said that the knowledge gained during the activities would inform future decisions in seafood purchasing.


Marcos Moya, ASC's global producer outreach lead, highlighted the educational value of the summit, connecting major retailers directly to farmers. He said that communicating the value behind ASC's label is critical to ensuring responsibly farmed seafood comes with strong assurance, verification, and traceability from farm to store shelf.


The ASC summit in Vietnam concluded the 2023 series, which previously took seafood buyers to shrimp farms in Ecuador in June and seabass and seabream farms in Turkey in September.


-      Perishable News

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