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Sustainable shrimp farming in the Mekong Delta!

We want to end the current irresponsible and destructive farming methods that dominate the shrimp industry in Vietnam. Together with various local and international partners, like ASC and WWF Vietnam, we are committed to creating an alternative: responsible, environmentally friendly farmed shrimp. By working together, we can make the shrimp sector more sustainable.

Scattered across the Mekong Delta, various farmers work sustainably on small patches of land. They farm shrimp in a responsible and small-scale way. Because these farmers often operate independently, they don’t have the means to qualify for recognition of international labels such as the ASC certificate, which is the worldwide standard for sustainable fish farming. It is difficult for these farmers to gain access to new markets. As a result, they miss out on income and recognition for their beautiful product.

“Small-scale shrimp farmers account for approximately 80% of product volume in the Mekong Delta.  But these producers are facing a number of challenges preventing them from entering high-value markets … Though there are government policies to promote the shrimp sector in moving toward a sustainable path, there is less attention and support geared toward the small-scale shrimp farmers.”

– WWF

One of the requirements for the ASC label is having good fishery management. When your fishery is managed well, you can clearly demonstrate that you work sustainably. This is where we can help, we support the local farmers to improve their management. Also, we unite shrimp farmers in cooperatives. By being united in cooperatives, they bundle their knowledge, money, and network. This allows independent shrimp farmers to jointly apply for certification and gain access to new markets. Together they are stronger!

Various cooperatives within this project have now received an ASC certificate. This way their shrimp can soon be available on the supermarket shelves.

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