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Vietnamese Tra fish put on "green list" of healthy seafoods

Update: December, 24/2012 - 12:43

HA NOI (VNS) – Sweden and Denmark have recognised Vietnamese tra fish (also known as catfish) as being raised in a sustainable development environment in accordance with international standards.

The Viet Nam Ministry of Trade and Industry cited information posted on Sweden's website www.wwf.se and Denmark's website www.wwf.dk that have revised their Fish Guides, to include Vietnamese tra fish on the "green list" of healthy seafoods.

The guides have been created to advise people which seafoods to enjoy and which seafoods to avoid.

It was based on a methodology to assess the sustainability of seafood species developed by the WWF, together with the Seafood Choices Alliance, North Sea Foundation and the Marine Conservation Society.

According to the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (Vasep), the Viet Nam tra fish sector reached its target this year, with 10 per cent of products being certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). The ASC's mission is to transform aquaculture towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility, using efficient market mechanisms that create value across the chain.

The Viet Nam tra fish sector is expected to have all products receive certifications of responsibility for aquaculture by 2015, 50 per cent of which will come from the ASC.

The Vietnamese tra fish has also been removed from the Norwegian "grey list", but still requires certification from the ASC.

Due to inadequate information, the North European World Wildlife Fund (WWF) had previously used its "red list" to warn consumers that Vietnamese tra fish breeding harms the environment.

The latest statistics from Vasep showed that Viet Nam earned nearly US$1.6 trillion from tra fish exports in the first 11 months of this year, representing a fall of 2.4 per cent compared with the same period last year. Leading importers of the fish included the EU, the US, Mexico, China and South Korea. -- VNS

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