Intro

At Vinh Aquaculture, we maintain our own Research & Development lab, where we are constantly working to make aquaculture practices more market-focused, efficient, and sustainable.

We also work very closely with over 300 fish farmers to ensure that their aquaculture practices are compatible with international standards for product quality and safety, as well as environmental and economic sustainability. Vinh Aquaculture educates, trains on-site, and provides aquaculture workers with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed.

Currently our efforts are focused in Vietnam. We hope to expand the reach of Vinh Aquaculture to offer guidance to farmers in tropical climates around the world. When working with our farmers, we focus on four core areas: Stock, Feed, Pond Management, and Systems.

Stock

By operating its own breeding facilities, Vinh Aquaculture ensures high quality stock from the start. The quality of stock used determines the quality of fish raised. This is a fundamental prerequisite for sustainable and successful aquaculture.

Our seedlings are screened carefully to ensure that they are healthy in appearance, active, uniform in size, disease-free, with a high potential for survival. We meticulously select healthy brood stock and continually check for specific pathogens.

Vinh Aquaculture follows the development of the fry, carefully assessing development in the field and learning. The information gathered helps us to improve breeding practices and train farmers in how to select quality stock and make better-informed decisions.

Feed

You are what you eat. The same goes for fish. Quality stock alone won’t guarantee quality fish. Good nutrition plays a critical role. Care must be taken in choosing the right feed. Our diet formulations are species-specific to ensure optimal nutrition and operating efficiency. There are also more immediate business consequences to feed selection since fish feed can account for over 75% of a farmer’s total production costs.

Much of our farmers’ training centers on feed and feeding. Specifically, the importance of using fish feed to improve the fish without polluting the water or damaging the surrounding ecosystem. The right feed can help fish remain healthy and grow quickly. However, the choice of feed also has a significant impact on a farm’s overall environmental profile. Vinh Aquaculture takes both factors into consideration. We are constantly experimenting with new feed formulations to achieve healthy fish and a healthy environment. This research is applied to the feed mixes created for our own farms, which are produced under strict controls. Over the past two decades, Vinh Aquaculture has witnessed great progress in feed science and we anticipate even greater achievements moving forward.

Pond Management

Given the right stock and feed, success will depend on post-stocking management practices during the grow-out phase. Here, there are many variables to monitor and manage such as water, disease, and routines. Vinh Aquaculture promotes better management practices (BMPs) among our farmers, such as teaching them proper pond management and maintenance. A good deal of time is spent in the field, talking with the farmers and inspecting the ponds firsthand. Dozens of key indicators, such as fish growth and water quality, are regularly monitored.

We also ensure that waste water and effluents are properly handled and treated to minimize negative impact on the environment. At Vinh Hoan, waste management is taken extremely seriously. We have gained invaluable experience setting up and running an efficient wastewater treatment system to control the discharge of effluent water from our own ponds.

Systems

Aquaculture may look quite pastoral, but behind the scenes there are a number of fairly complex technical systems that must be in place and maintained. Many of these have to do with the movement and treatment of water and fish. In Vinh Hoan’s case, this involves multiple pumping systems and our own state-of-the-art water treatment facility, to say nothing of IT systems that help with logistics management and the fleet of boats we maintain.

Designing, installing, and maintaining these systems can be daunting, but necessary for an aquaculture operation to scale while maintaining its quality standards. Here, we offer our experience and advice to help others make the right choices for their businesses, their customers, and the environment.

Providing social sustainability

The most apparent results of our work are increased global food production, stimulation of national economies, reduced strain on local ecosystems where aquaculture is practiced, and relief to our oceans and wild fish stocks. But, there is another result of Vinh Aquaculture’s work that we witness every day. That is the effect Vinh Aquaculture is having on rural communities.

Creating social sustainability is a central part of our work ethos at Vinh Aquaculture. It starts with creating a generation of skilled workers trained in sustainable tropical aquaculture.

Helping sustainable aquaculture prosper, in turn, creates sustainable employment and stimulates the local economy. This often has a ripple effect that provides a welcome boost to everything from living standards to education and social services across the entire farming community. Witnessing this transformation and how it enables thousands of families to live better lives is one of the most rewarding parts of Vinh Aquaculture’s work.