‘Green’ farming key to exports of tra fish

Farmers, breeders and processors should be aware of this and apply strict standards in all their operations, Pham Anh Tuan, deputy director of the General Department of Fisheries told a conference in HCM City on April 25.

Vietnamese tra fish faces nasty trick, once again

At the 30 minute program, a fisheries expert of WWF, Catherine Zucco, said “tra fish are dangerous because they are being farmed on dirty waters.”  Right after the program was broadcasted, a retail group has stopped providing tra fish products on its supermarket chain in Denmark and Norway. Metrol has also stopped selling tra fish in Germany. The tra fish consumption in the north of the Europe has been decreasing sharply over the past several weeks, especially in Germany.

Vietnam raises tra fish export prices

Accordingly, one kilogram of tra fish will be shipped to the EU at the price of 3.4 USD instead of the previous 3.2 USD level.

Opportunity to boost seafood exports to Japan

General Secretary of the Ca Mau Association of Seafood Processors and Exporters Ly Van Thuan said contrary to a forecast that seafood exports to the Japanese market will face difficulties due to earthquake and tsunami impacts, the number of orders to export seafood to Japan have skyrocketed in recent days, especially frozen shrimp and fillet tra fish products.

Mekong Delta set to boost tra fish exports

Dong Thap, An Giang, Ben Tre, Can Tho and other provinces plan to increase the acreages of water surface of 6,000-6,300 hectares, up 600 – 800 hectares compared to last year, with a projected output of 1.3 million tonnes, haft of which will be exported.

Prawns and tra fish prices hit new record high

Prawns sell at VND250,000-260,000/kg in Bac Lieu and tra fish at VND24,000/kg.

WWF Sweden to remove Tra fish from red list

This was the result of discussions between Le Thi Thu Nguyet, Vietnam ’s Trade Counsellor in Sweden and Ingar Naslund, who is in charge of fisheries at WWF Sweden, earlier this month.

Seafood processors waste energy, says study

The survey was conducted in 11 shrimp and 10 tra fish processing factories in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta by International Finance Corporation (IFC), in co-operation with the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

WWF not yet to remove Tra fish from Red List

Immediately after the signing of a cooperation memorandum of understanding (MoU) on sustainable development of Vietnam’s Tra fish between WWF International and WWF Vietnam along with the VASEP and the Vietnam Fishing Association (VFA),the WWF’s Global Seafood Programme Director Mark Powell confirmed his organisation’ removal of Vietnam’s Tra fish from the Red List.

Vietnam’s catfish industry looks to higher quality

The ministry held a meeting in Can Tho City on January 18 to review tra fish production and consumption in 2010 and make plans for 2011. Nguyen Huu Dung, chairman of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), was of the view that farmers should not raise more tra fish than needed which causes redundancy and devaluation in the market.

Tra fish exports set to increase 10 percent

The target was announced at a meeting on tra fish in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on January 18 under the chair of MARD Deputy Minister Vu Van Tam. Other targets include expanding tra fish farming areas in Mekong Delta, the nation’s largest supplier of the fish, by 900 ha to 6,300 ha for a yearly catch of between 1.2 and 1.3 million tonnes and increasing fish fry production up to 2.6 billion fry from 2.4 billion last year.

Shortages force tra-fish exporters to close

Nguyen Huu Dung, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), said the export price of tra fish had reached US$3 per kilo and would increase. The purchase price of tra fish in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta increased from VND19,500 per kilo in early December to the current VND23,500. According to the Viet Nam Fisheries Association, scarce supplies and the slippage in the VND/US dollar exchange rate caused the tra fish price hike.

Tra fish removed from Red List

At the briefing, WWF global seafood coordinator, Mark Powell, admitted the information leading to the organisation’s decision to put Tra fish in its Red List was inaccurate. He also said WWF will move Vietnam’s Tra fish to the White List (products which are encouraged for use).

WWF again asked to remove tra red listing

The association has also written to the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry suggesting the Viet Nam Government and the ministry lobby WWF members in six European countries to correct misinformation about the fish. Videotapes should be used to show the sustainable production of tra fish, shrimp and tilapia in Viet Nam, it says.

Tra fish get ‘red list' reprieve

WWF members in a number of European countries put Viet Nam's tra fish products on the red list of its consumer guidance manual for 2010-11. But Viet Nam last week requested the WWF to remove the fish from the list, which advises consumers not to buy the Vietnamese product.

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