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Building a sustainable aquaculture system in AsiaHow to develop a sustainable aquaculture system in Asia is the main focus of the 24th annual conference of the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA), held in Can Tho City from February 25-27.

The event was attended by representatives from 18 countries and territories around the globe.

Participants examined ways of building a sustainable aquaculture system, protecting aquatic animal health, maintaining biodiversity, and adapting to climate change.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam highlighted remarkable achievements of Vietnam’s seafood sector over the years.

Especially, last year, he said Vietnam produced 3.2 million tonnes of aquatic products, making up 55 percent of the fishery sector’s output, up 6.8 percent compared to 2011’s figure, ranking Vietnam among the top three nations in the world in exporting seafood products.

Vietnam has actively applied the GlobalGAP (Good Agricultural Practices), BMP (Better Management Practices), SQF (Safe Quality Food)-1000 programme, advanced aquaculture technologies, and biotechnology in agriculture as well as strengthening national supervision programmes for excessive use of chemicals at breeding farms.

In recent years, regional countries have shifted to aquaculture farming from offshore fishing, helping raise the annual output by 11.4 percent in the 2006-2010 period.

The Asia-Pacific region has great potential for consuming seafood products, around 29kilo per head per year. The demand for fish is expected to increase by 30-40 million tonnes per year by 2050.


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