A Vietnamese shrimp farming cooperative, part-funded by Danish firm Northcoast Seafoods, has been certified to Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standards, according to the WWF.
Nong Ngu 14/10 Hoa Nho A, in Soc Trang province, has been formed by 17 smallholder farms. They benefited from new technology including an improvement to shrimp traceability.
The certification followed an aquaculture improvement program in partnership with the ASC, WWF Denmark, WWF Vietnam and Verifik8, a traceability technology program, aimed at helping small-scale farmers in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam to improve their environmental and social performances by achieving ASC certification.
“The project has clearly shown how we can really make a difference to the lives of shrimp farmers in Vietnam and we look forward to future collaborations with all those involved,” Nguyen Phuong Duy, project manager for food practice at WWF Vietnam, said.
“Sustainability is an important part of our mission at Northcoast Seafoods and we are very proud to be associated with this project,” said Martin Jacobsen, senior sales manager.
Northcoast Seafoods will now be selling the shrimp into the Scandinavian market with the ASC logo