VASEP Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Thu Sac was quoted as saying that the publication devotes one chapter to underline the viewpoint and the message of zero tolerance for seafood sourced from IUU fishing from VASEP and Vietnamese seafood businesses.
According to the White Book, VASEP and seafood enterprises are ready and resolved to team up with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), as well as relevant parties to implement the action plan.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam hailed the VASEPs release of the white book as a useful initiative in the communication campaign against IUU fishing.
Tuna is the third largest seafood item shipped to the Middle East from Vietnam according to VASEP
Ha Phuoc Huy, spokesperson for VASEP
said: "Seafood exports of VASEP
members represent 80% of the total seafood exports of Vietnam, with the Middle East one of our most important markets.
In line with aims to hit Vietnam's seafood export target of USD 4 billion this year, VASEP has announced its extensive participation at the upcoming 'Sea Food Expo 2009', the region's only dedicated seafood event, which is slated to run from October 12 to 14, 2009 at the Madinat Arena Conference Hall, Madinat Jumeirah.
Under the national pavilion of VASEP, a total of 11 Vietnamese seafood exporters are set to showcase their high quality products at the event, with a focus on securing significant orders from the participants from across the region and the world.