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

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

Note: This FIP went inactive on January 27, 2020.

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 

Note: This FIP went inactive on January 27, 2020.

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 
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
The project has renewed by changing the project co-ordinator, FIP Lead and management mechanism. Activities are revised & updated by end of 2019 base on Pre-Assessment on 2019 by a qualified consultant.
Common Name 
Blue Swimming Crab
Scientific Name
Portunus pelagicus
Gear Type 
Bottom Gillnet
Exclusive Economic Zones
Viet Nam
Geographic Scope 
Kien Giang Province

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers (VASEP)
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Ms Tran Thuy Que Phuong - VCC Secretary
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