ASC celebrates Vietnamese pangasius
More than 90% of world exports of pangasius are sourced from Vietnam
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) recently held an event to celebrate the first five Vietnamese pangasius producers to gain ASC certification.
More than 90% of world exports of pangasius are sourced from Vietnam. The country has seen its export value soar over the last decade from 150,000 tonnes annually to 1.3m tonnes, making it an important sector for Vietnam.
The producers, Vinh Hoan Corporation, Vinh Quang Fisheries Corporation, NTACO Corporation, Hung Vuong Corporation and Hoang Long Seafood Processing Company have been recognised for their ability to meet rigorous environmental and social criteria and responsible farming methods.
Jose Villalon, vice president of aquaculture, WWF and chairman of the ASC Board, added: “Farmed seafood already accounts for about half of all the fish and shellfish we eat. When done responsibly, aquaculture presents a solution to meeting the increasing food demand of a growing global population.”
The event, which was attended by more than 120 people including producers, international buyers and ASC partners, also recognised Vietnam’s efforts to reach its target to certify 10% of the country’s pangasius production for export.
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