Vietnam blue swimming crab - bottom gillnet/pot/trap

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Overview

The Kien Giang blue swimming crab fishery supports the livelihoods of an estimated 20,000 fishers and their families. The blue swimming crab is also an important export product for Vietnam. Yet there are critical issues facing this fishery, including the harvest of undersized crab and gravid females, a lack of sound knowledge of the health of the stock, and lack of enforcement capacity. Through the active involvement of FIP stakeholders, such as the Department of Agriculture and Resource Development (DARD), Research Institute Fisheries Management and Provincial Peoples Committee, and FIP participants, the sustainability challenges facing this fishery are being addressed.

FIP Description 

The Kien Giang blue swimming crab fishery supports the livelihoods of an estimated 20,000 fishers and their families. The blue swimming crab is also an important export product for Vietnam.

FIP Objective(s) 

The objective of this FIP is to ensure the long term livelihood of fishers by establishing sustainable resource management for Kien Giang’s Blue Swimming Crab fishery, and supporting preservation of allied ecosystems from which these resources depend.

The project goals are as follows:

  • Stock status and fisheries management: To ensure that the crab catch does not exceed sustainable levels
  • Ecosystem management: To promote the ecosystem based approach to fisheries management
  • Governance systems: To strengthen governance systems in the Kien Giang crab fishery
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
September 2010
December 2020
Update 
The projected end date has been modified with a pollution event destroying the recruitment age class in 2018, and a lack of progress in enforcement of regulations and recommendations from the consultant.
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, December 30, 2019
Species 
Common Name 
Blue Swimming Crab
Scientific Name 
Portunus pelagicus
Gear Type 
Bottom Gillnet
Pot/Trap
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Viet Nam
Geographic Scope 
Kien Giang Province
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
3,632 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
3,632 metric tons
Volume Date 
December 2017
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FIP at a Glance

25% 14% 61%
September 01, 2010
59% 22% 19%
Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
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B - Good Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

C - Some Recent Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

D - Some Past Progress
A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

E - Negligible Progress
A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
B Good Progress
Actions Complete
  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Dec 2019
Target End Date
Dec 2020
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
World Wildlife Fund - Vietnam
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Thuy Nguyen Dieu
Organization Name 
World Wildlife Fund - US
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Mike Osmond
Phone 
650 678 1260
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