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Issue No:82
  • :0973–1121
  • :February
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.82, February 2020


Vietnam / Fisheries Co-management

Learning from Experience

The fishing industry in south-central Vietnam relies on co-management and the ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management (EAFM) to sustain the health of coastal marine areas

This article is by Than Thi Hien (, Vice Director, Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development(MCD), Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam’s 3,260-km coastline hosts a diversity of marine resources such as coral reefs and seagrass beds as well as more than 1,080 species of fish. The health of Vietnam’s coastal and marine ecosystems is fundamental to the food security, livelihoods and social stability of more than 4 mn Vietnamese people who directly or indirectly benefit from the exploitation of marine resources.

Small-scale fisheries are abundant in Bind Dinh, located in the southcentral coast of Vietnam, making up nearly 40 per cent of the country’s small-scale fishing fleet. Fishing is a common source of livelihood and income generation at the household level.

The health of Vietnam’s marine and coastal ecosystems and, therefore, the sustainability of Vietnam’s fishing industry, is compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities. They include overfishing and...

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