Vietnam clam fishery re-certified
23 Sep 2016
Vietnam’s Ben Tre clam fishery has been re-certified
The Ben Tre hand gathered clam fishery, based in Vietnam, has been re-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
This means that clams from this fishery can continue to carry the blue MSC label, it was first certified in 2009.
Patrick Caleo, regional director, MSC Asia Pacific, said: “The Ben Tre clam fishery was the first small scale fishery in Southeast Asia to achieve MSC certification in 2009.”
“We are thrilled to see the co-operatives achieve recertification and continue creating positive impacts on the Ben Tre Province ecosystems and gain recognition in domestic and international markets.”
At the fishery, which is located 65km off the coastline, the clams are collected by hand, with the aid of a rake.
This selective, low-impact fishing method ensures minimal disturbance to sand flat communities where the clams can be found and ensures no bycatch of any other species.
A team of experts from ME Certification Limited (MEC) evaluated the fishery against the principles of the MSC Fisheries Standard. These are; the health of the stock, the impact of fishing on the marine environment, and the management of the fishery. They concluded that the fishery remains sustainable.
Mr Caleo added: “The recertification of the Ben Tre Hand Gathered Clam fishery provides independent assurance that this fishery remains amongst the best managed and most sustainable fisheries in the world.”