New technology to improve catch to international standards and bolster exports.
Japan transferred tuna fishing technology to fishermen at a ceremony in south-central Binh Dinh province on October 31 attended by representatives from the Provincial People’s Committee, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Kato Hitoshi, a Japanese tuna importer.
The technology, creating pulse generators, is expected to assist fishermen when fishing for tuna and improve the quality of fished tuna to meet domestic and international standards.
The program is under a project to modernize the fishing technology used in Vietnam, worth $780,000 and implemented from June 2015 to June 2017. Japanese experts have come to Vietnam to transfer technology and many Vietnamese staff have been invited to Japan for training.
By transferring tuna fishing technology, more fresh and high-quality tuna from Vietnam will penetrate into the Japanese market, which has been short of tuna in recent years.
The Vietnamese Government is also focusing on exporting larger amounts of tuna and targets attracting more foreign investment in the field and to increasing salaries of fishermen.
Total tuna stocks in Vietnam’s East Sea are estimated at 50,000 tonnes while 17,000 tonnes can be fished every year. Vietnam is the third-largest tuna exporter and catches 10,000 tonnes every year. Due to outdated fishing technology, however, tuna quality does not meet international standards and the price remains low.