Vietnam is leading prawn providers worldwide in the number of prawn businesses granted four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certifications, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

Four-star is the highest level of the BAP standards presented by the Global Aquaculture Alliance that ensure healthy seafood produced through environmentally and socially responsible means.

Vietnam has had twelve businesses receive four-star BAP certifications out of 67 general BAP recipients, while India has two of 73, Thailand has seven of 68 and China has two out of 26.

The country is the biggest prawn exporter to Japan, third largest to the United States and fourth to the European Union. Additionally, the Republic of Korea and the ASEAN are also promising markets thanks to impending free trade agreements and the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community by the end of this year.

Vietnam should take full advantage of its role as the world’s leading tiger prawn provider by providing stable supply and excellent processing capabilities to expand its markets, the VASEP noted.-VNA