INACTIVE Vietnam blue swimming crab - bottom gillnet/pot/trap

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Overview

Reason for Inactivity 
Lack of ability to implement and enforce meaningful regulation

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
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.
Species 
Common Name 
Blue Swimming Crab
Scientific Name 
Portunus pelagicus
Gear Type 
Bottom Gillnet
Pot/Trap
Location
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Viet Nam
Geographic Scope 
Kien Giang Province
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
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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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