Nominations Sought for Pangasius Dialogue
The World Wildlife Fund Aquaculture Dialogues is seeking nominations by April 30 for the Technical Working Groups that will draft sustainability standards for pangasius certification.
Formed by mid-May, the TWGs will develop recommendations for the standards, which are designed to minimize or eliminate the six to eight main environmental and social impacts of pangasius farming so the industry can grow in a sustainable manner. The impacts, such as water pollution and health management, were identified by the first Aquaculture Dialogue meeting for pangasius in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, last September.
Once approved by the Dialogue, the standards will be posted for two 60-day public comment periods.
"No matter what standards are developed, they must take into consideration the unique issues small-scale farmers face," said Jose Villalon, director of the World Wildlife Fund's U.S. aquaculture program, in a press release. "In Vietnam, where most pangasius is produced, small-scale producers are the backbone of the industry."
Pangasius is one of five WWF-initiated Aquaculture Dialogues currently underway. The others are salmon, tilapia, shrimp and mollusks. Dialogues for trout, abalone and seaweed will begin later this year.
For more information on the Aquaculture Dialogues, click go to www.worldwildlife.org/aquadialogues.