Welcome to the ASEM Aquaculture Platform

The ASEM Aquaculture Platform intends to work out an action-oriented agenda for co-operation and to develop a multi-stakeholder platform for dialogue, networking and continued coordination concerning sustainable aquaculture between EU and Asia.
Through its different stakeholders the platform aims to reconcile ecological and socio-economic demands and introduce or consolidate concepts of sustainability in aquaculture development in both regions. The platform connects experts, the public and policy-makers by disseminating knowledge up to policy levels as well as down to farmers or consumers.

The platform is supported by the FP7 programme of the European Commission and by the Flemish Research Council.


Debate on issues of common interest for the Vietnamese and European aquaculture industry

  • VC debate
  • Fri, Oct 14, 2011
  • Ghent University - Research Institute for Aquaculture n°2 (Ho Chi MInh City)
  • Issues of common interest for the Vietnamese and European aquaculture industry
  • View the debate here (streaming or download MP4) 

In the framework of the ASEM Aquaculture Platform, we strive at enabling the dialogue between the Asian and European aquaculture sector. In this context we have launched the initiative to start with a series of videoconference debates on selected issues of common interest between Asian and European keyplayers in the industry. As a try-out a first debate was held on Friday, Oct 14, 2011, between:

  • Patrick Sorgeloos, coordinator of the ASEM Aquaculture Platform and Board member of EATIP (European Aquaculture Technology & Innovation Platform)
  • Jean Dhont, Secretary to the ASEM Aquaculture Platform
  • Dr. Hao, director of RIA2 (Research Institute for Aquaculture n°2 – Ho Chi Minh City
  • Mr Nguyen Van Hoa, Director General of SaigonFood SCP
  • Mrs. Tho Thu Thuong LAM, deputy general secretary of Vietnamese Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers

The debate covered perceived threats of the Vietnamese aquaculture sector for Europe, more specifically the pangasius industry, and opportunities for the European industry to participate in the Vietnamese growing aquaculture sector. With this and following debates we hope to provoke many reactions and stimulate a lively online discussion!

See the whole debate or download the mp4 file here (130mb).