Editor’s note: The following is an open letter to Global Aquaculture Alliance stakeholders regarding the Vietnam Pangasius Association.

Dear GAA stakeholder,

In early August, the Global Aquaculture Alliance exhibited at the Vietnam Fisheries International Exhibition (Vietfish 2014) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with much success. The details were outlined in the September-October edition of the Global Aquaculture Advocate magazine and in the Aug. 19 edition of GAA’s eUpdate newsletter.

A team from GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division—Peter Redmond, Carson Roper, Jane Bi, Ken Corpron and Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh—actively participated in the opening ceremony and conference program and met individually with a number of key industry leaders, in an effort to advance the organization’s mission of responsible aquaculture and build momentum in Vietnam leading up to GAA’s GOAL 2014 conference in Ho Chi Minh City from Oct. 7 to 10.

Among the key industry leaders was the Vietnam Pangasius Association. At the exhibition, GAA met with VPA Vice General Secretary Ms. Vo Thi Thu Huong to discuss the promotion of responsible aquaculture in the Pangasius sector through BAP certification program. VPA represents farmers, processors and exporters, and other organizations supporting the Pangasius sector. It’s a fast growing organization, with a total of 300 members, most of which are located in Mekong Delta.

Says Redmond, BAP’s VP of market development, “We are very glad to begin this new relationship with VPA. We recognize the work they are doing as essential to the growth and acceptance of Pangasius in international markets. We believe that GAA, working closely with VPA, will help ensure the sustainable and responsible growth of the Pangasius industry while providing further acceptance of the species in various markets internationally.” GAA understands that you may have questions about the VPA, as a relatively young organization.

Attached for your reference please an outline of the VPA and its role in the Pangasius sector. You may also find more information on the VAP by visiting www.vnpangasius.com or emailing vietnam.office@vnpangasius.com.

Sincerely,

Global Aquaculture Alliance