15/08/2015 12:12 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Certified seafood enters domestic market

HCM City, August 14 (VNA) - Vietnamese seafood products with international certifications, traditionally used for export purposes, are expected to be served at domestic dining venues across the country as part of the Sustainable Seafood Week from now to August 24.

At a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on August 14, Huynh Tien Dung, Programme Manager of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Vietnam – organiser of the week, said more seafood farms in Vietnam are gaining international certificates on sustainable farming, but most domestic consumers have little information about those certified products and hardly have any chance to get them.

As such, the week aims to introduce the safe products to the domestic market, through which they will protect the environment and consumer health, noted Dung.

WWF Country Director in Vietnam Van Ngoc Thinh and Head of the Hung Vuong seafood company Duong Ngoc Minh agreed that the benefits of responsible products for consumers would encourage responsible farming and production among producers.

The WWF announced its intention to boost relevant communications campaigns on sustainable seafood consumption while working with enterprises to increase the distribution of certified products on the domestic market.

Related information on the campaign, including the list of restaurants serving the certified seafood, can be found at cabenvung.vn.

There are 60 aquatic farming areas in the Mekong Delta region meeting standards set by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Ben Tre’s clam has been accredited by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) since 2009, the only product earning the certification in Southeast Asia.