Workshop on aquaculture certification in Asia: Status, challenges, opportunities & way forward

  • Hosted by: VASEP during the Vietfish Conference in  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Date: Wednesday, 26 June 2013


  • NT Phuong (Can Tho University, Vietnam)
  • Ambakar E. Eknath, CV Mohan (NACA, Thailand)
  • Simon Bush, Marieke Douma (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
  • Patrick Sorgeloos, Jean Dhont (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • David Little (SEAT project, Stirling University, UK)


While much attention has gone to internal consistency of certification schemes – and in doing so, setting a benchmark for legitimacy and credibility – less attention has been given to the consequences that these schemes hold for aquaculture producers around the globe, especially for small-holders that form the backbone of the SE-Asian aquaculture industry. The need for supporting producers to understand and comply with certification rules is becoming increasingly important, not only for the benefit of the producers but indirectly for European consumers that heavily rely on imported products to cover the increasing gap between demand and local production. As European markets seek greater volume of environmentally or 'responsibly' certified product from these industries it becomes crucial that producers are able to comply with production standards and thereby maintain access to these markets.

The workshop will bring relevant stakeholders together for a 1 day workshop to deliberate on various issues and initiatives mentioned above, review the present status, and identify future opportunities to progress the concept of quality assurance/certification in a way that will be beneficial to consumers, producers, traders, retailers and national governments.


Key stakeholders from importing (EU) and exporting (Asia) countries will get the opportunity to understand and appreciate the ground realities of aquaculture production and trade and the role of certification programs in promoting responsible aquaculture. This means: experts on aquaculture certification, representatives of Asian producers and exporters, European importers, policy makers.


9.00 – 9.30 Opening of the day
9.30 – 10.45 Producer compliance constraints
  Presentation: NACA (Dr. CV Mohan)
  Panel discussion: Experts from Public and private certification systems
11.00 – 12.15 Value chain arrangements
  Presentation: Dr Flavio Corsin from IDH
  Panel discussion: EU importers and exporters, direct sourcing companies, academia
13.00 – 14.15 Auditing practices
  Presentation: Dr Simon Bush / Dr. P. Vandergeest
  Panel discussion: Certification bodies and auditors / Farmer cooperative
14.30 – 15.45 Benchmarking certification
  Presentation: FAO
  Panel discussion: SSI,SFP, Certification bodies public and private
16.00 – 17.00 Future steps
  Patrick Sorgeloos, Ghent University


  • Venue:
    • Room 02, Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center,
    • No. 799 Nguyen Van Linh Street, District 7
    • Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam
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