(CPV) – A national consultation workshop titled “Sustainable development of small scale fisheries in Vietnam and the FAO International guidelines” focusing on sharing and providing information on small scale fisheries activities in Vietnam opened in Hanoi, on November 1.
The workshop attracted 60 participants. Photo: VH
The workshop attracted 60 participants from national and local authorities, fisheries organisations and associations, NGOs and fishermen representatives.
Together with sharing and providing information on small scale fisheries activities, the workshop also focused on discussing and contributing to the proposed guidelines of FAO on small scale fisheries through consulting opinions of stakeholders in the context of Vietnam; strengthening knowledge and capacity and improving the roles of civil society organisations in fisheries sustainable and enhancing the cooperative network among government agencies and fisheries associations.
The workshop dealt with challenges which small scale fisheries in Vietnam are facing lack of finance resource, unstable production activities, environmental impacts, market approach and limited participatory capacity into sustainable fisheries management.
General Secretary of Vietnam Fisheries Society, Tran Cao Muu expressed at the workshop that in the framework of the workshop, effective solutions are expected to raise to ensure civil rights and prevent destructive capturing and innovation is suggested to renew coastal resources, create the economic system transition and model of manufacturing chain and co-management towards more sustainable development for Vietnamese small scale fisheries.
The workshop was co-organised by Department of Capture Fisheries and Resources Protection under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development and Vietnam Fisheries Society.
According to the latest report, there are about 4.7 million of Vietnamese fisheries labourers in the fields of capture, aquaculture, processing and services. The total of fisheries production was about 5.2 million tonnes and fisheries export turnover was valued at USD6 billion, making up 24.44 percent of agricultural and 6.34 percent of Vietnam's total export values in 2011./.