Outcomes of the EU-funded “Sustainable Trade in Ethical Aquaculture” (SEAT) project, which was implemented in the Mekong Delta region from 2009-2013, were announced on March 12 in Can Tho city.

Coordinated by the University of Stirling in Scotland, the project was conducted in Vietnam, Thailand, China and Bangladesh, which are main aquatic product exporters to markets in the EU.

It aimed to analyse aquatic production chains and their impact on socio-economic development, environment, food safety and community health, thus mapping out development orientations and enhancing sustainability of aquaculture in Asia.

In addition, it has also investigated the social and ethical effects of aquaculture in the countries.

Assessments from the project showed that the chemical residue in Vietnam’s products exported to the EU is not dangerous to users. The rate is only equivalent to those produced in the bloc.

Through the project, the countries were encouraged to establish an international standard on the maximum limit of chemical residue in their aquatic exports.-VNA