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Issue No:84
  • :0976 1121
  • :December
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.84, December 2020

 

Vietnam / SSF GUIDELINES

Shared Success

Some valuable lessons—a replicable model—on protection of aquatic resources and small-scale fisheries


This article is by Than Thi Hien (tthien@mcdvietnam.org), Nguyen Van Cong, Nguyen Xuan Huu and Vu Tran Ngoc Cam of the Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD), Hanoi, Vietnam


The term co-management has been researched in Vietnam since the 1990s. A number of pilot projects have been conducted to find appropriate distribution and management sharing responsibilities between the government and the community. April 25, 2019, was a crucial milestone because a dramatic change came into effect that day: Decree No. 26 on the implementation of co-management of fisheries resources, via Article 10 of the Fisheries Law of 2017.

Binh Dinh is a province located on the central coast, with a 134-km-long coastline. Eighty per cent of the local fisher population—owning 6,115 vessels—benefits from small-scale fishing in both inshore and offshore areas; it contributes 10 per cent of the province’s gross domestic product (GDP). However, overexploitation of fishery resources is now a major concern in the province due to its negative impacts on important ecosystems (like coral reefs and seagrass), and because it...

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