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30 Shrimp Farming Cooperatives Apply for ASC Certification




Up to 30 shrimp farming cooperatives in the Mekong Delta provinces of Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau have applied for Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification.  The World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature in Vietnam, the Nordic Seafood Group (a Norwegian seafood importer) and Soc Trang Seafood JSC have jointly organized training courses to help the cooperatives fulfill their ASC requirements.


Huynh Quoc Tinh with WWF/Vietnam said small-scale shrimp farms produce 80 percent of Vietnam’s farmed shrimp; however, it is difficult for them to achieve international standards without the help of a large organization like WWF/ASC.


Shrimp farming has helped improve the living conditions of thousands of households in the Mekong Delta.  Hoa Nghia Cooperative in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang was the first cooperative to receive ASC certification for its 60 hectares of shrimp ponds.  Director of the cooperative Ngo Thanh Tuan said the recognition would help the cooperative ship its shrimp to big markets like Europe and the Americas.  According to Tuan, his cooperative can produce 600 metric tons of shrimp a year.


Source:  More Shrimp Farming Cooperatives Meet ASC Standards.  June 23, 2017.