June 5, 2016
Case Study: Vietnam Crab Fishery Prototype Gains Buy-in at Critical Points in the Supply Chain
Vietnam's blue swimmer crab in Kien Giang province is threatened by overfishing. Mini-plant operators purchase juvenile and undersized crabs from fishers before the crabs have a chance to reproduce. Weak compliance and enforcement of harvest regulations exacerbates the species decline, and the U.S., a primary export market for crabmeat, competes with Vietnam's growing domestic market, which operates without sustainability or supply chain traceability standards. 50in10 sought to support the transitioning of the fishery to a co-management system that incorporates new harvest control strategies and requires support and consensus building among government, fishers, supply chain actors, and other stakeholders to forge a common approach in restoring the resource and creating sustainable markets.