Vietnam is the source of more than 90 percent of the world's pangasius (Asian catfish) exports, which have has increased 50-fold in the last decade. The majority of this pangasius is farmed in 23 square miles of ponds across nine provinces of the Mekong River Delta, a critically important freshwater habitat.
WWF is working with 18 Vietnamese pangasius farms to help them comply withAquaculture Stewardship Council standards. Once certified, these farms will collectively certify 9% of Vietnam's exports—helping meet Vietnam's commitment to pursue (ASC) certification. ASC certification guarantees that the pangasius is farmed in a responsible manner with minimal negative impact on the environment, farm staff and surrounding communities.