Asia-Pacific region eyes fisheries
DA NANG (VNS)— Representatives of the Asia Pacific Fishery Commission's member countries gathered yesterday in Da Nang to discuss ways to develop regional fisheries in a sustainable manner.
|Fishing boats put out to sea in Phan Thiet City in the southern province of Binh Thuan. Fishermen will be supported in coping with climate changes and mitigating the use of driftnets. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
Over the next two days, participants will discuss the management and governance of fisheries and aquaculture in Asia-Pacific.
"The session will focus on how to improve assessments of fisheries resources, adaptation and mitigation measures for climate change, and improving livelihoods for fishing communities," said Simon Funge Smith from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations' regional office for Asia and the Pacific.
"We'll find a way to support coastal area fishermen in coping with climate change as well as mitigating the use of driftnets and catching small fish for foodstuff power," he said.
Smith added the session was being held to help local administrations build plans and policies on fishing grounds, coastline fishing in appropriate seasons, and illegal fishing activities.
Can Tho fishery centre
Can Tho City has the right conditions to be developed into a fishery centre for the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vo Van Tam said in a recent seminar.
The Can Tho Centre, the first pilot project of its kind in the country, would include the construction of fishery markets for the Mekong Delta, the establishment of an aqua-product processing complex, a freshwater aqua-product trading floor, and an industry to support fisheries.
Tam said the centre would include research institutes and a human-resource development centre. It would also become a fishery entrepot for the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta – and domestic and overseas markets as well.
The coastal cities of Hai Phong and Da Nang and the provinces of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Khanh Hoa have also been chosen as locations for fishery centres.
Tam said Can Tho had a well-developed transport infrastructure linking regional localities by roads, waterways and airways and several scientific and technological research institutes and training centres, such as Can Tho University and the Mekong Rice Research Institute.
He said the planned centre was part of the strategy for developing the nation's fishery sector.
Under this plan, the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta will contribute 60 per cent of the country's aqua-product exports turnover of US$8 to $9 billion a year by 2020. — VNS
"The session will be a chance for Viet Nam to gain experience from member countries and improve the management of fisheries and aquaculture," said Nguyen Huy Dien, a representative from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
"There are not strong enough sanctions in place to tackle illegal fishing or appropriate policies on fishing management. We hope that the country will finalise strict policies to protect fish resources and aquaculture soon," he said.
Viet Nam has joined the top 20 countries in terms of fisheries in recent years and become the sixth largest exporter of seafood. The sector employed five million people last year.
The country's fisheries sector produced a total of 5.3 million tonnes of seafood and aquaculture last year, earning US$6.1 billion and becoming one of the country's top three export industries.
According to a report from the commission, Asia and the Pacific are the most important regions for fish production in the world. Fisheries production in Asia and the Pacific reached 48.7 million tonnes in 2010, representing over half of world production, valued at $48.3 billion. At the same time, the Asia and the Pacific region produced 53.1 million tonnes of farmed aquaculture products (excluding aquatic plants), representing 89 per cent of global aquaculture production worth some US$95.2 billion.
Deputy chairman of the Da Nang People's Committee Vo Duy Khuong said the central city, which has a 90km coastline and fishing grounds of 15,000sq.km, had a fleet of 2,300 fishing vessels. — VNS