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Fisheries Seminar Spells Out Development Plans

VIET NAM - Community-based production of fish in Viet Nam through cooperatives and breeding associations should be applied to minimise risks and protect the environment.

This should be the industry aim to raise the aquaculture acreage to 890,000 ha with output of 3.6 million tonnes and export revenues worth $5.5 billion in 2020, a seminar in the Mekong delta city of Can Tho heard last week.

The seminar discussed how to build a multi-purpose irrigation system for fresh and brackish water in line with climate change scenario.

The seminar, entitled “Vietnam’s fisheries: Potential, Development and Integration”, was part of the Vietnam Seafood Festival 2010. It stressed the need to focus on human resources training for aquaculture, exploitation and processing.

At present, off-shore fishing technology and facilities remain modest and obsolete and there remain some shortcomings in applying biotechnology into aquaculture.

The seminar heard that the strict management of food hygiene and safety, the application of bio-technology in producing breeds and building concentrated zones, were essential elements for teh industry.

the Fish Site Editor

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