Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management

Better Management Practices for Catfish Aquaculture in the Mekong Delta

Catfish farming in the Mekong Delta, the bulk of which is still undertaken by relatively small-scale producers, is one of the largest freshwater aquaculture industries in the world. The sector has already reached the forecast for 2010 of a production of 1 million tonnes with export value of 1 billion US$. Current farming practices need to be improved in many fronts and issues of environmental integrity addressed to ensure the industry continues to develop in a sustainable manner.


Objectives


The project aims to develop and facilitate adoption of better management practices (BMPs) for catfish farming that will increase the profitability and environmental performance of farmers through more efficient use of resources. This will reduce farmer's risk profile and environmental impact and contribute to the wider sustainability of the industry as a whole.

Background



Update 16/6/2011


Version 3.0 of the Better Management Practices for Catfish Aquaculture available for download in English and Vietnamese.



Catfish farming in the Mekong Delta, the bulk of which is still undertaken by relatively small-scale producers, is one of the largest freshwater aquaculture industries in the world. The sector has already reached the forecast for 2010 of a production of 1 million tonnes with export value of 1 billion US$. Current farming practices need to be improved in many fronts and issues of environmental integrity addressed to ensure the industry continues to develop in a sustainable manner.


Objectives


The project aims to develop and facilitate adoption of better management practices (BMPs) for catfish farming that will increase the profitability and environmental performance of farmers through more efficient use of resources. This will reduce farmer's risk profile and environmental impact and contribute to the wider sustainability of the industry as a whole.






Expected Outputs


Weighing catfish, Mekong Delta, Vietnam


  • An assessment of the current status of the catfish culture of the Mekong Delta, including husbandry, broodstock management in hatcheries and grow-out practices (in ponds) reviewed and documented.

  • Development of BMPs for catfish farming in Mekong Delta including guidelines for hatchery (husbandry and broodstock management) and grow-out (health, feeds and feedings) developed.

  • Skills-based training in Vietnam, Australia and Thailand to facilitate implementation of BMPs and associated practice change in fish farming in the Mekong Delta.

  • Dissemination and implementation of BMPs to farmers and other stakeholders in the Mekong Delta.


Progress



Publications



Collaborating Agencies


The project is being jointly implemented by:



Funding Agency


Funding for the project is provided by the Collaboration for Agriculture and Rural Development Programme of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

  

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