APEC’s action plan for sustainable fisheries discussed

These organizations include the National Fisheries Association of Thailand, the Thai Fishmeal Producers Association, the Thai Feed Mill Association, the Thai Frozen Foods Association, the Thai Food Processors’ Association, the Thai Shrimp Association, the Thai Tuna Industry Association, and the Thai Overseas Fisheries Association. Director-General of the Department of Fisheries Niwat Sutheemeechaikul witnessed the signing of the MOU on 4 November 2013 in Bangkok. The MOU seeks to set standards for the fisheries-related organizations to follow strictly. Apart from environmentally-friendly fisheries, the use of legal labor, and food safety, emphasis is placed on operations against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. The Department of Fisheries and the National Fisheries Association of Thailand have joined forces in working out regulations to ensure legal fishing. The regulations will cover about 10,000 fishing boats in Thailand. A new unit will also be set up to enforce the regulations and encourage all relevant organizations to achieve this aim. The MOU signed by the eight organizations is seen as an effort to build a foundation for sustainable fisheries in Thailand. The objective is to push for appropriate use of marine resources and the development of Thai fishery products based on ecological performance standards. According to the Director-General of the Department of Fisheries, Thailand produced 3.2-4.1 million tons of fishery products from 1995 to 2010. In 2012, the country’s fishery exports totaled 1.9 million tons, valued at 260 billion baht. The Department of Fisheries has worked out strategies to develop Thailand as the ASEAN seafood hub by…... [read more]

They shared their experiences in breeding, feeding and preventing disease in the fish, as well as in product processing, marketing and sales. According to the Vice President of Vietnam’s Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP), Nguyen Huu Dung, Vietnam has developed 9,000 ha of land, mainly in the Mekong Delta region, for breeding “tra” and “ba sa” catfish since 2000. This year, the country earned US$1.45 billion from the export of 650,000 tonnes of catfish to 127 countries, a year-on-year increase of 48 percent, Dung said. The European Union is the single largest importer of Vietnamese catfish, followed by Russia, Ukraine and Arabian countries, said Mr. Dung. He also noted a number of challenges currently facing the sector, such as water pollution, food hygiene and safety, trademark infringement, anti-dumping and competition from other kinds of seafood. During the workshop, a representative from the Network of Agriculture Centres in Asia and the Pacific suggested the establishment of an inter-governmental organisation to help regional countries deal with difficulties. Purbasari Surjadi of the Indonesian Sustainable Fisheries Partnership stressed the necessity of granting certificates to catfish breeders who meet hygiene and environmental standards during the breeding process. At the same time, “ba sa” breeding areas should be zoned off for protection, while water resources should be better managed, she said.... [read more]

The event draw the participation of Vietnamese aquaculture agencies, tra fish importers from the US and EU, and Vietnamese tra fish exporters and producers. The focus of the seminar was on the sustainability of tra fish sector’s development, trends and prospects for tra fish in the European white flesh fish and the US catfish markets. The Vietnamese Government’s strategy and policy on the sustainable development of Tra fish was also discussed. Over the past ten years, Vietnam’s tra fish sector has developed considerably, posting a five-fold increase in farming area, from 1,200 to 6,000 hectares and an output rising by 36 times from 37,500 to 1,350,000 tonnes. The value of processed products for export has also increased by 35 times, from under US$40 million to US$1.430 billion. Vietnamese tra fish is exported to 140 countries and territories all over the world. Tra fish is also considered a stable export item along with shrimp which has helped boost Vietnam’s seafood exports. However, the tra fish industry is facing a host of difficulties and challenges which are greatly affecting production efficiency and the lives of aquaculture farmers, particularly small farming households. In addition to elements like costs, poor quality and epidemics, importers and retailers have set quality standards and regulations which have caused many problems for Vietnamese fish farmers. Participants at the seminar also discussed the standards and certification of Vietnamese tra fish based on the Aquatic Stewardship Council (ASC), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and Global GAP (Good Agricultural Practice). They underlined…... [read more]

>>Seminar discusses sustainable fishery development The event draws the participation of 190 businesses from 15 countries and territories around the world with 300 display stalls, an increase of 6 percent compared to last year. 70 percent of the exhibitors are seafood processing and export businesses, the rest specialise in supplying equipment, chemicals, assistance and information for the fisheries sector. During the exhibition, there will be seminars on sustainable development in the fisheries sector and ways to approach key markets as well as an awards ceremony to present certificates of merit to 49 prestigious exporters in 2010. After the opening, VND2.5 billion was donated by domestic and foreign businesses. All the money will be used to help poor fishermen by providing them with fishing and rescue equipment.... [read more]

Activities covered by the MoU include research, technology, trade, seedling production, control and prevention of diseases on plants and animals; production of agricultural machinery; farm produce processing; exchange of experts and information. Vu Van Tam, Deputy Minister of the MARD, said Vietnam and China have cooperated effectively in the Fisheries Agreement in the Gulf of Tonkin and they should enhance joint efforts for sustainable fisheries. Tam said that the two countries can cooperate in the development of new breeds with high economic value and create linkages in processing and consumption. In trade, he proposed boosting the exchange of information on diseases and the fight against the trafficking of unquarantined animals and animal products. The deputy minister also wanted the two ministries to step up training in research, fighting epidemic and producing vaccine as well as the application of high technology in agriculture. Chinese Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Zhang Taolin expressed his agreement with the MARD’s proposals, particularly those concerning seafood resources. The two ministries have conducted a number of cooperation activities in the fields of agriculture, fisheries and capacity building training, while encouraging investment in wood processing, animal feed and cultivation. In 2014, Chinese businesses invested in 112 projects in agriculture with a combined capital of US$279 million. In the first quarter of 2015, there are 21 new Chinese projects with a total of US$33 million, mostly involving in wood processing, animal feed, seafood and vegetables and fruits. The agriculture trade between China and Vietnam increased from US$3.4 billion in…... [read more]

Ben Tre (VNA) – Local authorities of the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre on December 27 kicked off a project to build an integrated storm shelter and fishing port in Ba Tri district, with total investment of 253 billion VND (11.1 million USD). The sum consists of 190 billion VND (8.3 million USD) from State budget for the sustainable aquatic development programme and 63 billion VND (2.7 million USD) from the provincial budget in 2016-2020 period. The project, invested by the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, is built on a total area of 43 hectares and expected to complete in 2020. The new port and storm shelter in Ba Tri district aims to create favourable conditions for fishing vessels’ operations and meet the logistics demands of those ships. The port is hoped to be a driving force for the development of seafood industrial zones and coastal economic zones, serving the local sustainable fishery development. The storm shelter in Ba Tri district is the second of its kind in Ben Tre province and can serve over 500 fishing boats. In 2012, the province inaugurated a storm shelter in Binh Dai district, costing 47 billion VND (2.06 million USD).-VNA... [read more]

Foreign Minister of Norway, Børge Brende. — Photo Thomas Haugersveen Viet Nam News Børge Brende* Over the past generation, the global economic centre of gravity has been moving towards Asia. This economic shift is now accompanied by deepening co-operation in the region. Norway supports this development, and over the past few years we have actively sought to strengthen relations with Asia. Here I would like to outline the main reasons for this, and describe the areas where we see the greatest potential for future co-operation. Norway has made an effort to join some of the most important arenas for political and economic co-operation in Asia. In 2012, we were accepted as a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the principal meeting place for political dialogue between Asia and Europe. ASEM is a valuable and effective arena for political discussions with our Asian and European partners. Then in 2015, Norway gained sectoral dialogue partner status with ASEAN, the first medium sized economy outside the region to do so. One of our main reasons for approaching Asia has been to increase trade and investments. Asia currently accounts for 30 per cent of the global gross domestic product, and the Asian Development Bank estimates that by 2050 this will have increased to over 50 per cent. In countries like India and China, growth has been accompanied by the lifting of hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. Vietnam graduated from being one of the poorest countries in the world, to a middle…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - The UN General Assembly yesterday convened a plenary meeting at the UN’s headquarters in New York, the US with a focus on Agenda Item 73, themed “Oceans and the law of the sea”. Attending the plenum of the UN General Assembly, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga has said that all countries, regardless of big or small, must have goodwill and responsibility to comply with regulations in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS). Participants in the event included representatives of UN member states, the International Seabed Authority (ISA), and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). They discussed the UN General Assembly’s draft resolutions on oceans and the law of the sea, sustainable fisheries, and the World Tuna Day. They also looked into reports by the UN Secretary-General on issues pertaining to oceans and the law of the sea. Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga In her speech, Ambassador Nga, head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the UN, lauded recent efforts by the UN General Assembly and subordinate agencies, especially those to attain the outcomes of the 17th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, the 26th meeting of States Parties to the UNCLOS, and meetings of the preparatory committee on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. Vietnam also highly values the success of the ISA’s 22nd session, efforts to consider reports…... [read more]

Norway supports the move towards closer regional cooperation in Asia Over the past generation, the global economic centre of gravity has been moving towards Asia. This economic shift is now accompanied by deepening cooperation in the region. Norway supports this development, and over the past few years we have actively sought to strengthen relations with Asia. Here I would like to outline the main reasons for this, and describe the areas where we see the greatest potential for future cooperation. Norway has made an effort to join some of the most important arenas for political and economic cooperation in Asia. In 2012, we were accepted as a member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the principal meeting place for political dialogue between Asia and Europe. ASEM is a valuable and effective arena for political discussions with our Asian and European partners. Then in 2015, Norway gained sectoral dialogue partner status with ASEAN, the first medium sized economy outside the region to do so. One of our main reasons for approaching Asia has been to increase trade and investments. Asia currently accounts for 30 % of the global gross domestic product, and the Asian Development Bank estimates that by 2050 this will have increased to over 50 %. In countries like India and China, growth has been accompanied by the lifting of hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. Vietnam graduated from being one of the poorest countries in the world, to a middle income country in 2010. Moreover, at a…... [read more]

New York (VNA) – All countries, regardless of big or small, must have goodwill and responsibility to comply with regulations in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS), Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga has said at a plenum of the UN General Assembly. The UN General Assembly convened a plenary meeting at the UN’s headquarters in New York, the US, on December 7 with a focus on Agenda Item 73, themed “Oceans and the law of the sea”. Participants in the event included representatives of UN member states, the International Seabed Authority (ISA), and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). They discussed the UN General Assembly’s draft resolutions on oceans and the law of the sea, sustainable fisheries, and the World Tuna Day. They also looked into reports by the UN Secretary-General on issues pertaining to oceans and the law of the sea. In her speech, Ambassador Nga, head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the UN, lauded recent efforts by the UN General Assembly and subordinate agencies, especially those to attain the outcomes of the 17th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, the 26th meeting of States Parties to the UNCLOS, and meetings of the preparatory committee on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. Vietnam also highly values the success of the ISA’s 22nd session, efforts to consider reports of the Commission…... [read more]




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