Aquaculture and the Environment in Vietnam

Shrimp-VietnamGuidelines for the environmental management of aquaculture investments in Vietnam have been recently made available by Vietnam’s Ministry of Fisheries and the World Bank. The guidelines provide an analysis of the impacts on the environment and risks associated with aquaculture development in Vietnam and guidance on better environmental management and monitoring for its future development – click here to access the guidelines.

In other recent aquaculture news, Vietnam’s National Fisheries Quality Assurance and Veterinary Directorate (Nafiqaved) apologised to the Japanese Food and Drug Administration Bureau for the chloramphenicol found in Vietnamese shrimp recently shipped to Japan. Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic that is effective against a wide variety of microorganisms. It is a banned substance in most shrimp importing countries as it is believed that it can cause aplastic anemia in humans and other adverse side effects, but it is still used in some areas to treat disease in farmed shrimp because it is exceedingly cheap. In this connection Nafiqaved announced that they would start conducting antibiotic tests on all shrimp exports on 20th December this year.

Source: Thanhnien News

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