Netherlands-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (NVCC)

Why hybrid grouper could catch on with Vietnam’s fish farmers

Source: the Fish Site

Fish farmers across Vietnam have begun producing hybrid grouper, saying that the species’ high growth rate and favourable market price make it a profitable alternative to shrimp farming.

A new research article published in the journal Aquaculture highlights the emergence and mini boom of Vietnam’s hybrid grouper industry. Though relatively new to commercial aquaculture, hybrid grouper farmers report that the fish is one of the most valuable commodities they produce, generating more profit for farmers than other mainstays of Vietnamese aquaculture like carp or cobia. For grow-out operations, producers report that hybrid groupers have generated more total farm income than any other species they farm. This trend held for farms across all income levels.

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Vietnam creates new nature reserve, possible home to elusive ‘Asian unicorn’

A view over the area that is now Khe Nuoc Trong Nature Reserve and the nearby Bac Huong Hoa Nature Reserve, photographed in 2017. Image by Viet Nature Conservation Centre/Pham Tuan Anh.

Source: Mandabay

  • Conservationists have hailed the establishment of the new Dong Chau-Khe Nuoc Trong Nature Reserve as a major step for the protection of Vietnam’s wildlife.
  • The new reserve is home to a number of threatened species, including two species of muntjac deer (Muntiacus vuquangensis and M. truongsonensis), the Annamite striped rabbit (Nesolagus timminsi), the Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica), the southern white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus siki), the red-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus), and the crested argus (Rheinardia ocellata), which resembles a peacock.
  • Conservationists debate whether it may also shelter the saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), a mysterious antelope-like bovine so rare it has been called the “Asian unicorn.”
  • Critical threats such as poaching and deforestation remain, however, and conservationists say enforcement of new protective measures will be key to the reserve’s success.

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Vietnam conservation regulations improving, but much work remains

A critically endangered douc langur (genus Pygathrix) in Vietnam. The animals are sold as pets or for medicine or meat. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.

Source: Mongabay

  • Vietnam made headlines earlier in the year for considering a wildlife trade ban in response to COVID-19, but such a development has not occurred.
  • Nonetheless, the country’s laws related to biodiversity conservation are robust and generally comprehensive, with strong penalties for violations in place.
  • But enforcement remains a problem, while corruption and other issues also hinder improved protection of Vietnam’s wildlife.
  • Conservation organizations have been heartened by recent legal and regulatory improvements, but caution that there is still a long way to go.

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Worldbank report on Vietnam

Source: Worldbank

Vietnam’s shift from a centrally planned to a market economy has transformed the country from one of the poorest in the world into a lower middle-income country. Vietnam now is one of the most dynamic emerging countries in East Asia region.

Click here for the Worldbank report on Vietnam.

New Date for Free Webinar: Wageningen University in Vietnam; A Growing Collaboration


The Netherlands Vietnam Chamber of Commerce invites you to join this webinar on Thursday 29 October, 10:00 – 11:00 hrs

Partly thanks to Wageningen University, the Mekong Delta in Vietnam is a significant exporter of rice, shrimp and tilapia. But salinization and climate change are now forcing a change of course. A Dutch Delta Plan – once again, with input from WUR – is to play an important role in this.

The NVCC would like to invite you to join the free webinar. For registration see below.

Guest speakers:

Prof. Dr. Fulco Ludwig

Professor Ludwig is a multidisciplinary scientist focusing on studying global change impacts and adaptation in relation to water, food and energy resources and natural ecosystems. He has a strong background in climate impact modelling and data analyses and has extensive field experience in Africa, Australia, the US and Asia.
Fulco Ludwig did his PhD at Wageningen University focussing and, thereafter, a post-doc at the University of Georgia and at CSIRO in Perth, Australia.
In 2006, he started working at the Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate focussing on linking climate science with the water sector. In 2007, he again joined Wageningen University initially to work as a research scientist and from 2013 as Associate professor.
In December 2016 he was appointed as a professor within the Water Systems and Global Change group.
Within his research programme on water and climate change, Fulco brings together different disciplines to study the global change impacts and adaptation in relation to water, food and energy resources and natural ecosystems. .
Fulco Ludwig contributes to developing integrated future scenarios and climate change adaptation policies and plans. He was for example an advisor for the Mekong delta plan and the Bangladesh Delta Plan. In addition, Fulco Ludwig contributes to a range of capacity development programmes in Asia and Africa.

Dr. Long Phi Hoang

Dr. Long Phi Hoang is a multidisciplinary researcher who works in, and across the fields of water management; climate change; and science-technology-innovation exchanges. His work focuses on, but not limited to, climate change impacts on water resources, sustainable food production, and ICT innovations for climate change adaptation. His research focuses strongly on several large river deltas of the world, including the Dutch, Vietnamese, Bangladeshi and Ghanaian deltas. Dr. Hoang is involved in various training and education activities at Wageningen University. He is active in several science-policy dialogues and science-driven decision making projects, including the high-level Dutch-Vietnamese strategic collaboration to develop the Mekong Delta Plan, and the consultancy project for the European Commission. In 2019, Dr. Hoang establishes his start-up (New Amsterdam Consult), focusing on Science, Education and Technology transfer between the Netherlands, Vietnam and beyond.


10:00 hrs      Opening of the webinar by Joost Vrancken Peeters, Chairman of the NVCC

10:10 hrs      Wageningen University and Research: Introduction, Agenda in the water and climate domain and activities in Vietnam.
Speaker:     Prof. Dr. Fulco Ludwig – Environmental Sciences Group, WUR.

10:30 hrs    Spin-off business from Wageningen: The Me and Mekong documentary, and the Ecohost initiative.
Speaker:      Dr. Long Hoang – Wageningen UR & New Amsterdam Consult start-up

10:50 hrs     Q&A.
11.00 hrs     End

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