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Undercover Asia documentary searches for the truth behind the pangasius fish and its controversial reputation

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By Milthon Lujan

Undercover Asia dedicates a full episode to uncovering the truth behind the ‘dirty’ reputation that has clung to the pangasius fish produced in Asia. Professor Simon Bush from the Environmental Policy group at Wageningen University & Research features in and contributes to this investigative documentary.

He is one of the leading experts on global production of sustainable seafood and has also studied the growth of pangasius in Vietnam.

Is pangasius (dory) fish safe to eat?

The pangasius fish is also known as dory, and it’s one of Asia’s cheapest as well as most consumed fish; in the past pangasius production in Vietnam was the target of various ‘damaging’ stories from Western media outlets, and these stories continue to negatively influence the Asian market of pangasius fish today. But what is the truth behind the production of the fish? The documentary investigates the case of pangasius but it also reaches beyond this topic. And it challenges the consumer to contemplate even broader concerns regarding seafood, namely, seafood fraud.

This investigative documentary interviews Professor Simon Bush from the Environmental Policy group (ENP) at Wageningen University & Research. As one of the leading experts on global production of sustainable seafood and having also studied the growth of pangasius in Vietnam, Bush offers a critical perspective of the pangasius fish production in Vietnam.

With so many ‘dirtying’ stories and a fair share of misinformed media coverage on the pangasius production in the Mekong river of Vietnam, Bush notes how it may be hard to differentiate fact from fiction. This documentary sheds some light on the broader context of the pangasius production and interviews experts on the topic in order to dive deeper into the pangasius story.

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Watch this documentary online now

Watch this inticing and revealing documentary as it delves into this controversy surrounding pangasius fish and seafood in general. It is now streaming for free on Youtube (below).

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prof.dr. SR (Simon) Bush
Global sustainable seafood production expert

Source: Wageningen University & Research

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