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Inadequate storage facilities lead to seafood losses

Update: February, 13/2012 - 11:03

HA NOI -- More than 20 per cent of seafood caught in the country is wasted due to bad preservation methods, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Directorate of Fisheries.

Every year, the country loses around 400,000 tonnes of seafood, worth VND8 trillion (US$380 million).

Larger ships tend to have more efficient storage facilities than smaller ones, that still use ice or salt to preserve seafood, according to the directorate.

In the past 10 years, the number of fishing vessels operating in the country has increased considerably, but most of them are small.

The ships often lack the capacity to classify and store seafood properly, and some vessels in central provinces even store their catch in canvas.

Storage facilities are also often left uncleaned, leading to a build up of bacteria.

The Directorate of Fisheries has instructed authorities to look at ways of partnering smaller vessels with larger ships with transport capacity as well as seafood processing organisations. -- VNS

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