Aquaculture and fisheries have and continue to provide a very important source of protein for humans. Over past decades however the sector has been experiencing significant challenges. Declining fish stocks and resources have hindered capture fisheries and aquaculture, e.g. through increasing production costs. The environmental and social impacts of some parts of the sector have become significant, especially with respect to fish farm establishment (land conversation, conflicts) and operation (pollution). Aquatic animal diseases and food safety concerns have also become significant challenges for this sector, affecting both the quantity and quality of production.

Globally, positive steps forward have been made in addressing the above issues. Vietnam has arguably been at the forefront of many sustainability efforts. Although there are still considerable challenges affecting the Vietnamese fisheries sector, within the country there is a great pool of expertise available to learn from and also to built upon.

The Vietnam Fisheries Society (VINAFIS) recognized these challenges and opportunities and in March 2010 established the International Collaborating Centre for Aquaculture and Fisheries Sustainability (ICAFIS).

Since its birth, ICAFIS have many international cooperation: D-FISH; VCCI; OXFAM; WWF; IDH; SNV; USAID; World Bank; IFAD…implement over 40 projects contribute to improving the image, brand, value and enhance the competitiveness of Vietnam fisheries sector. Supporting  capacity building for small-scale producer to integrate with the international community. From this results ICAFIS has honored 03 times receive MERIT of VINAFIS and won the prize on Good Practice Organization Transparency and Accountability, 2015-2016.

Welcome to the National Party Congress of the Seventh, 70th August Revolution, 70th National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Vietnam National Assembly for 70 years, ICAFIS  was honored the medal  Economic Committee of Congress on  "For the development of agriculture and rural economy of Vietnam" for the first time in 2015.

1/ What is the role of ICAFIS?

2/ ICAFIS Organization

3/ ICAFIS Team

1/ What is the role of ICAFIS?

ICAFIS is a non-profit organisation with the mandate of  promoting aquaculture and fisheries sustainability within Vietnam and sharing experiences from Vietnam internationally, primarily to developing countries in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America.

Strategic Activities

  • Strengthening VINAFIS
  • Providing advise on sustainability issues to private and public sector organizations and individuals, both in Vietnam and internationally
  • Developing and implementing programs and projects towards branding, certification and traceability of aquatic products
  • Developing international cooperation programs and projects, especially with developing countries in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America
  • Developing and implementing research projects on aquaculture and fisheries sustainability
  • Build and strengthen networks with organisations, projects, producers, etc

Policies & Funding

ICAFIS has a strong policy of maximum transparency and accountability. Information on technical and financial status of the organisation are presented regularly to all ICAFIS staff and VINAFIS, and can be made available to external parties. Staff salaries are also set in a transparent manner. ICAFIS encourages its staff and promotes innovative thinking. The aquaculture and fisheries sector is extremely dynamic. Therefore its sustainability challenges can only be addressed through dynamic thinking and actions which are strongly promoted by the ICAFIS' leadership.

ICAFIS is a self-financed organisation. Although both private and public funds are welcome in supporting our activities, ICAFIS envisions ensuring its sustainability by providing services to the private sector, especially VINAFIS members, and adopting a market-led financial strategy.

Sustainability can be defined in thousands of different ways. We, at ICAFIS conduct activities to ensure quantity and quality of seafood production for years to come.

2) Office

Office in Ha Noi:

Address: 3rd Floor, A7 House – 10 Nguyen Cong Hoan St, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam
Office/Fax: +84-43-7245121

Email: info@icafis.vn

Office in Can Tho:

 Address: E27, 56 Street, 586 Urban area, Cai Rang District, Cantho 

 Email: info@icafis.vn

3/ ICAFIS Organization

ICAFIS is an administratively and financially independent organization established under the Vietnam Fisheries Society (VINAFIS).

ICAFIS has 2 operating Units: the Technical Unit and the Administrative Unit

For a graphical representation of the ICAFIS' organizational structure see the diagram below:


1) Director - Le Thanh Luu Ph.D 

Experience:Ecology of fish, Aquatic Resources management, Education and training in fish culture and aquatic resources, fish nutrition, Aquatic resources in brackish water and freshwater sectors, integrated farming system, aquaculture extension.

Degrees: B.Sc. University of Fisheries, Astrakhan, USSR (former); PhD. University of Laroslav, USSR (former); College of Foreign Languages, Ha Noi; School of Fisheries, University of Washington, USA Fishing Nutrition Certificate 

Brief introduction:

Dr. Le Thanh Luu is the former director of the Research Institute for Aquaculture No 1 (RIA – 1) with rich experience in techniques and management. He possesses valuable knowledge about aquatic resources, fish culture, fish nutrition, farming systems and aquaculture extension. His publications cover different aspects of fisheries and aquaculture have been published in various journals and proceedings. In addition, Dr. Luu has experiences in managing large scale projects through many elevated positions including; Vice National Project Director of NORAD, Country Manager of AIT Aquaculure and Aquatic Resources Management Programme, Coordinator of ACIAR project, etc. Dr. Luu is very active in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. He is a member of the Governing Council of NACA (Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific). In February of 2012, after retiring from Director of RIA – 1, he began his position as the Director of ICAFIS and continues to move ICAFIS towards the acheivement of its mission. 

Email: luu.lethanh@icafis.vn or luuria1@yahoo.com
2) Advisor - Tuong Phi Lai

Experience:  fisheries management, seafood value chain and eco-labeling/certification

 Degrees: Mr. Lai obtained a BSc in Aquaculture with Honours in Vietnam, and holds MSc in Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture in Norway.

Brief introduction: With over 15 years experience working in the sustainability of seafood, Mr. Lai is interested in the social and environmental issues regarding aquaculture and fisheries in Vietnam. He has worked as a consultant for WB, DANIDA, FAO, WWF, SNV, OXFAM, CARE, GEF etc. Before working for ICAFIS, Mr. Lai has been working in Gov institution, INGO, and private company.

Email: lai.tuongphi@icafis.vn

3) Deputy Director - Dinh Xuan Lap


Experience: Aquaculture certification, small-scale production, capture fisheries, co-management, climate change adaptation, value chain analysis, project baseline survey

Degrees: BSc in Fishing technology; and certificates in seafood certification: ASC, VietGap, P-SIA in ASC

Brief introduction:

Mr. Lap has worked for SCAFI/FSPS II –DANIDA, Tan Phat Group, SSDC and RECERD. He has experience in coastal resource management, capture fisheries and communities based fisheries, co-management, climate change adaptation, value chain analysis and project baseline surveys. He has worked as a consultant for DANIDA, WWF, GEF, SNV, OXFAM and other private consulting firms.


Certificate of Merit by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union of Quang Ninhprovince, Merit of the People's Committee of Quang Ninh Province, Merit of CentralHo Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, Medal "For the younger generation" ofCentral Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, Vietnam record for the first study onawareness education for children of fishing village, Journalist Association Certificate of Merit in Nghe An

Email: lap.dinhxuan@icafis.vn 
4) Accountant - Nguyen Thi Hong Nhung
Experience: Accounting and Financial management

Degrees: Bachelor of Economics, Major accounting (2008, Hanoi, Vietnam)

Brief introduction:

Nhung has a background in accounting and over 7 years experience working as an accountant and financial assistant. With her training and work experiences, she supports ICAFIS in ensuring that all financial and accounting activities of the projects are carried out according to ICAFIS rules and Vietnamese law. Nhung also assists in providing general secretarial assistance to ICAFIS staff and consultants.

Email: nhung.nguyenhong@icafis.vn 

5) Programme Assistant - Nguyen Thi Ngoc Trang

Experience:  Programme Officer

Degrees:  BSc Aquaculture (2011, Hue, Viet Nam), MSc Aquaculture in Hue University (2013, Hue, Viet Nam)

Brief introduction:

Trang has an MSc in Aquaculture and began her career at ICAFIS. She has obtained training courses regarding ASC Pangasiusand and Shrimp standards and Climate Change. She has participated in projects with WWF and USAID where ICAFIS was hired as a consultant. Currently, Trang is supporting the FIT Fund  project about  ASC Shrimp certification for shrimp culture businesses.
6) SusV Project  officer - Vu Thuy


Mr. Thuy has 10-years experiences on implementing, monitoring the projects on nature conservation, Community-Based  Environmental Education, rural development, Rural development and providing consultancy service for shrimp farms to achieve ASC/BAP/GlobalGAP standard.


- BSc of “Forestry resource protection and environment management”

- Certificates of Community-Based  Environmental Education, Use of Participatory Rural Appraisal   (PRA),Logical Frame Approach (LFA), Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) tools in Development projects, needs analysis  for rural development, project management and  seafood certification: ASC, Bap, global_Gap, P-SIA/BEIA in ASC.

Brief introduction:

Mr. Thuy has background of “Forestry resource protection and environment management”. Right after graduating, he has worked for many projects on nature conservation and rural development as collaborator, project officer as well as project monitoring and evaluation officer. In 2015, he has worked as a consultant to help shrimp farms to archive ASC standard by conducting BEIA/pSIA research and providing consultancy service.

Email: vu.thuy@icafis.vn 

 7) SusV Project  officer – Nguyen The Dien



Mr. Dien has 05 years experiences in implementing and research on aquaculture, project implementation experience with other provinces in the Mekong Delta.


Engineer in Aquaculture, Can Tho University, 2010.

Brief introduction:

Mr Dien has graduated aquaculture in 2010, after graduating he joined the work at Can Tho University, participated  project "Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade - SEAT", "Interdisciplinary Project on Climate change in Tropical Aquaculture - iAQUA", participated in many projects related to aquaculture.

Email: dien.nguyenthe@icafis.vn