Vietnam – Dredge – Paphia undulata – FAO 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Fishery client: MINH DANG CO. LTD, Soc Trang province, Vietnam.
Fishing area: FAO 71, Ba Lua Island, Kien Giang province, Vietnam.
Fishing vessels: Soc Trang fleet.
Vessels audited on site as Soc Trang fleet samples: ST-90299-TS; ST-91449-TS; ST-90848-TS; ST-90747-TS; ST-92269-TS.
Fishing method: Dredge.
Certified species: Scientific name: Paphia undulata;
Common name: Yellow clam.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is the government agency that manages fisheries in Vietnam. The audited species can be caught in Vietnam in compliance with Circle No. 02/2006/TT -BTS issued by MARD and with the Official announcement No. 3397/TS – KHCN of the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD). There is a limited fishing season and a minimum length of 30 mm to be respected.
Stock status summary
Public data states that yellow clam is not overexploited in the fishing area. According to FAO and MARD, stock status and fishing mortality are appropriate. In addition, the audited species is not on the IUCN Red list.
Bycatch / discards
According to the logbook, there is no occurrence of discards because of the mesh size (> 40 mm), which is bigger than the minimum size of the fish to be retained.
The harvest season of yellow clam is respected, as well as the catching area established by the Sub-Department of Capture Fisheries and Resource Protection of Kien Giang province, which is 10 nautical miles from the shore on the island of Ba Lua, Kien Luong. There are no records of captured live animals.
Social Accountability performance
The fleet complies with the human rights and Vietnamese regulations.
Conclusion with reasons for approval
The fleet complies with Friend of the Sea requirements, without any major non-conformities.