Fish auction edges nearer in Viet Nam
The launch of Viet Nam’s first ever fish auction system is getting closer, following discussions between authorities, fishers and traders in Hue City, held 6 June.
The auction system will be based at Thuan An port, the only fishing port in Thua Thien Hue province and its most important fish landing site. At present, the port is open for all fish trading activities. However price-setting by powerful wholesalers hits the income of local small-scale fishers.
Thua Thien Hue DARD and Thuan An Port Management Board have long realised the severity of the issues. Based on the recommendations of a study by InfoFISH, commissioned by the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (RFLP), RFLP has responded to their requests for assistance to renovate the port and to help pilot an auction system.
Participants in the consultations engaged in a lively discussion on how the country’s first ever fisheries auction system should be piloted. Suggestions were made to ensure that the process is transparent from the perspectives of local authorities, fishers and traders alike.