Vietnam is currently ranked as the fourth-largest producer of seafood from aquaculture

( Vietnam has set an ambitious goal of becoming a leading country in aquaculture – specifically in the productive development of its coastal marine environment.

Currently ranked as the fourth-largest producer of seafood from aquaculture, behind China, Indonesia, and India, Vietnam produced 3.84 million metric tons (MT) of farmed seafood in 2017. That was more than 53 percent of Vietnam’s total seafood production of 7.23 MT, which itself represented an increase of 5.2 percent year-on-year over Vietnam’s total from 2016.

Vietnam’s government and industry stakeholders have recently taken a more serious interest in the development of Vietnam’s aquaculture sector, Tran Dinh Luan, the deputy director of Vietnam’s Fisheries General Department, told a workshop in Hanoi in early July…..

Women in aquaculture:

( Dr Flower Msuya, chairperson and facilitator at the Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative (ZaSCI) works in villages in Zanzibar to study climate change, modify farming methods and add value to seaweed. As the Tanzanian island’s seaweed aquaculture takes off, Dr Msuya is confident that opportunities for women will continue to rise….

A sustainable aquaculture strategy

Accoding to FAO, A sustainable aquaculture strategy needs:

  • a recognition of the fact that farmers earn a fair reward from farming
  • to ensure that benefits and costs are shared equitably
  • to promote wealth and job creation
  • to make sure that enough food is accessible to all
  • to manage the environment for the benefit of future generations
  • to ensure that aquaculture development is orderly, with both authorities and industry well organized

The ultimate aspiration is for aquaculture to develop its full potential so that:

  • communities prosper and people are healthier
  • there are more opportunities for improved livelihoods, with an increased income and better nutrition
  • farmers and women are empowered

Achieving Sustainable Development Goals through aquaculture

Our efforts are to give a hand in achieving The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. Aquaculture sector is an important player towards SDGs.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-set by the United Nations

Goal 1: No Poverty “End poverty in all its forms everywhere.”

Goal 2: Zero Hunger “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”

Goal 5: Gender Equality “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.”

Goal 14: Life below Water “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.”

Goal 15: Life on Land “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”

EU pledges €6bn to help aquaculture and fishing

A total of  €6.14 billion  will be spread over six years and channelled through a new look European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). But  for the first time  UK businesses will be left out  because when it comes into force in 2021 Britain will have left the EU and the follow up  transition period will have come to an end.
Much of the focus will be supporting small scale fishermen and businesses. Coastal communities will receive more and broader support to set up local partnerships and technology transfers in all blue economy sectors, including aquaculture….

( 2018 edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture

Europe, Japan and the United States of America together accounted for 47 percent of the world’s total food fish consumption in 1961 but only about 20 percent in 2015. Of the global total of 149 million tonnes in 2015, Asia consumed more than two-thirds (106 million tonnes at 24.0 kg per capita). Oceania and Africa consumed the lowest share. The shift is the result of structural changes in the sector and in particular the growing role of Asian countries in fish production, as well as a significant gap between the economic
growth rates of the world’s more mature fish markets and those of many increasingly important emerging markets around the world, particularly in Asia.

China, South East Asia collaborate in aquaculture

( Chinese-South East Asian (ASEAN) center for joint research and promotion of marine aquaculture technology invited Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center’s chief Dan Baliao to attend a forum in Fuzhou, China, to discuss collaboration with his organization, Panay News reported.

Priority areas identified during the forum were the development of marine aquaculture industry and establish the China-ASEAN marine aquaculture technology network…..

Lack of collaboration and consistency presents existential challenge to aquaculture

( A negative perception of aquaculture is one of the biggest challenges to increasing per capita seafood consumption in North America, according to Bill DiMento, the head of quality assurance and sustainability at High Liner Foods.