Aquaculture for all

Dutch to dabble in Vietnam's shrimp sector

Shrimp Health +2 more

A new collaboration involving a consortium of Dutch companies seeking to secure sustainable investments in the Vietnamese shrimp sector was created this week.

Called ShrimpTechVietnam the three-year project was signed by Marjolijn Sonnema, the Director-General of the Netherlands’ Ministry of Agriculture, and a consortium of Dutch companies and a knowledge institute, on 11 April.

Vietnam is the world’s second largest exporter of shrimp, and the largest producer of black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) in the world, with a production of 300,000 tonnes per year, while the Netherlands is the second largest importer of Vietnamese shrimp within the EU.

However, due to the rapid development of the shrimp cultivation sector, many issues have occurred, including a high incidence of diseases, due to a combination of intensive farming practices without proper water treatment, land management and water filtration.

According to Larive International, one of the members of ShrimpTechVietnam, the consortium aims to develop the shrimp sector by “improving the local business climate and the development of the shrimp farming sector in Vietnam, increased trade & investment in the sector and showcase proven solutions”.

The initiative includes input from:

  • Topsy Baits: the biggest producer of live bait maturation feed for aquaculture industries.
  • Shrimpvet: a Vietnamese specialist in diagnostic services, health status of shrimp, grow-out, broodstock and monitoring services.
  • TipTopp Aquaculture B.V. , which has extensive experience in designing, engineering and maintaining sustainable ecological shrimp cultivation techniques while increasing the productivity.
  • Sustainable Aquaculture Solutions, which is specialises in both shrimp health and disease prevention management as well as guidance and auditing for ascertaining international quality standards, providing the shrimp producers support on closing the gap with market requirements.
  • Nutreco (Skretting): the Dutch-based international aquafeed producer.
  • Larive International and Openasia (Vietnam): which will take on the role of general project management (both local and international) and be the liaison between the parties as well as the Dutch Government.

This project is being developed on the request of the Royal Dutch Embassy in Hanoi and in close cooperation with RVO, the Dutch Enterprise Agency based in the Hague. The duration of the project is 3 years (2018 – 2020).


The members of the initiative aim to work together on the following activities in Vietnam.

  • Develop the value chain: stimulate the development of the shrimp aquaculture sector.
  • Demonstrate best practice: test, validate and demonstrate effective farming techniques.
  • Transfer expertise: best practices, protocols and training programmes.

The consortium is still open for participants. For further information contact Wouter van Vliet.