Vietnam and a number of other countries shared their experience in
developing fisheries cooperatives at a seminar in the central coastal
city of Da Nang on June 15.
The event was
co-organised by the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance, the International
Cooperative Fisheries Organisation (ICFO) and countries that have
substantial fishing fleets.
Opening the seminar, ICFO
President Lee Jong Koo, the event offers a forum for discussion of
plans to develop fisheries and raises the awareness of the existing
The seminar also discussed ways of
dealing with challenges and difficulties facing the fishing industry to
maintain sustainable development, he said.
to ICFO, fishing cooperatives are making a big effort to raise their
social position and protect the interests of fishermen on the basis of
self-reliance, democracy and equality.
fishing industry is currently coping with a wide range of problems such
as pollution, increasing oil prices, the rapid depletion of natural
resources and global warming.
In that context, the
organisation has called on fishing cooperatives to work closely with
each other to tackle the ongoing challenges.
coastal line over 3,200 km long, Vietnam is perfectly situated to
have a thriving maritime economy, especially fisheries.
In 2011, the country’s total aquatic product output reached 5.3
million tonnes with the export turnover exceeding 6.1 billion USD. The
sector also employs nearly 5 million people.
past decade, Vietnam ’s seafood output has recorded an annual
average increase of 3.8 percent and the country harbours over 25,200