National Workshop on the
Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries:
Practical application to coastal aquaculture development
in Viet Nam

FAO/FishCode Review No. 12

National Workshop on the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries: Practical application to coastal aquaculture development in Viet Nam


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Rome, 2004

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Foreword

This document contains the report of the National Workshop on the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and its practical application to coastal aquaculture development in Viet Nam, which was held in Hue, Viet Nam on 3–4 October 2003. The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Fisheries of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in close collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Project VIE/97/030/NEX, “Environmental Management of Coastal Aquaculture”, and the Research Institute for Aquaculture No. 1. The FAO FishCode Programme provided financial support to the workshop and facilitated technical backstopping through the FAO Fisheries Department. Workshop planning and initial preparations were undertaken by Dr Le Thanh Luu (Director) and his colleagues of the Research Institute for Aquaculture No. 1. Mr Raymon Van Anrooy, FAO Fisheries Department, Mr Tran Van Nhuong (UNDP Project VIE/97/030/NEX) and Mr Mike Phillips (Network for Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA)) were responsible for the workshop programme, the methodology applied and the compilation of this report. The preparatory work of the Thua Thien Hue Department of Fisheries in arranging for the workshop venue in Hue and related logistics is gratefully acknowledged. The active participation of the National Fisheries Extension Centre, the Institute of Fisheries Economics and Planning, the FAO Office in Hanoi and the DANIDA Fisheries Sector Programme Support is also acknowledged with thanks. General thanks are due to all participants for their contributions to the working groups and the overall success of the workshop.

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FAO/FishCode.
Report of the National Workshop on the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and its practical application to coastal aquaculture development in Viet Nam.
FAO/FishCode Review. No. 12. Rome, FAO. 2004. 47p.

ABSTRACT

This document contains the report of the National Workshop on the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) and its practical application to coastal aquaculture development in Viet Nam, held in Hue, Viet Nam on 3–4 October 2003. Coastal aquaculture in Viet Nam, particularly shrimp culture, has developed rapidly in recent years. Although shrimp farming has brought many benefits to the coastal population in Viet Nam, concerns are being raised about the high risks associated with this development and in particular the social and environmental effects. The workshop aimed to raise awareness for the CCRF among national and provincial stakeholders, with particular attention to aquaculture development. Relevant CCRF articles and principles were reviewed and the extent to which they apply to shrimp farming in Viet Nam examined. Recommendations for follow-up actions to support practical application of relevant articles of the CCRF to shrimp farming in Viet Nam were prepared. Participants agreed that a national Code of Conduct and implementation plan should be prepared for responsible coastal aquaculture in Viet Nam and that it should cover all coastal farming systems and be developed by an advisory group established specifically for this purpose involving all stakeholders. Participants further recommended that MOFI and its constituent departments and research institutes should formulate projects/programmes in support of the implementation and dissemination of the CCRF, taking into consideration stakeholders’ needs as well as local conditions. Other recommendations were that MOFI should continue its recent work to develop practical Codes of Practice and/or guidelines for specific species, localities and farming systems, and increase the awareness among stakeholders generally, including from fisheries and aquaculture as well as adjacent sectors (e.g. agriculture, tourism) on the CCRF issues and their responsibilities with respect to its implementation in coastal areas in Viet Nam.

Keywords: coastal aquaculture; Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries; Codes of Practice; aquaculture development; Viet Nam; Southeast Asia.


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