The Vietnam Fishing Association (VFA) has asked the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to remove information relating to Vietnamâs tra (pangasius) fish from the red list of the WWF guidance manual for seafood consumers in 2010-2011.
This was the latest information released by the VFA at a press briefing in Hanoi on December 14.
According to the association, WWF members in several European countries placing Vietnamâs tra fish products in the red list (Donât Buy) of the Seafood Consumersâ Guide 2010-2011 is contrary to international regulations and violates the âmake publicâ principle in international relations and the World Trade Organisationâs principle of âtransparency-scientific foundationsâ.
The VFA also suggested the Vietnamese government and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development urge the WWF members in six European countries to apologise to tra fish raisers, the Vietnamese government and European consumers, while guiding farmers to apply Vietnamâs GAP and CoC quality standards as well as recognise and proclaim widely the quality of Vietnamâs produce, not only in the country but also around the world.
Pham Anh Tuan, Deputy Director General of the Fisheries Directorate, said the WWFâs assessment was extremely absurd since it wasnât based on the scientific realities of Vietnam âs tra fish but two outdated documents by the Netherlands .
On December 15, the Fisheries Directorate will have a direct dialogue with the Head of the Global Seafood Programme, Mark Powell, who will answer questions on technical measures and process that led to the action of placing Vietnam âs tra fish on the red list./.