(seafood.vasep.com.vn) The Mekong Delta is entering the brackish water shrimp farming season in 2021, with an estimated increase in the farming area and harvest compared to 2020. However, since the beginning of the year until now, the COVID-19 epidemic has continued to break out, causing the shrimp exports of enterprises in the Mekong Delta face many difficulties, especially in the field of logistics, affecting and reducing the profits of shrimp companies in particular and seafood enterprises in general.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In the first three months of this year, Vientnam pangasius exports to the Russian market grew at a triple-digit rate compared to the same period last year. Exports to many major export markets have also begun to recover, notably in March 2021, the value of pangasius exports to China - Hong Kong market increased by 28% over the same period last year.

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(seafood.vasep.com.vn) Vietnam's shrimp exports in the first quarter of 2021 reached US$ 661 million, an increase of over 5%. This slight growth was mainly due to an increase in exports of 16.5% in March. Shrimp exports to the US, EU, Australia, UK, and Russia surged in March (up 49%, 27%, 37%, 31% respectively and 97%), making the picture of shrimp export in the first quarter brighter after the cumulative results in the first 2 months decreased compared to the same period last year.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) As of March 15, 2021, the total value of shrimp exports to the South Korean market reached 53.6 million USD, accounting for 10.8% of the total shrimp export value, down by nearly 5% over the same period last year. By 2020, whiteleg shrimp products account for nearly 85% of the total shrimp export value to the South Korean market.

(vasep.com.vn) By the end of February 2021, the total value of Vietnam's tuna exports to Japan reached more than US $4 million, down by 16% from the same period in 2020. It is forecasted that in the following months, tuna exports to this market still cannot recover.

The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu plans to expand super - intensive shrimp farming as it is sustainable and offers high production value.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) Despite the impact of COVID-19 epidemic, pangasius export in Dong Thap province has been stable. Up to now, the price of raw pangasius in Dong Thap province is from 21,000 to 21,500 VND/kg, an increase of more than 1,500 VND/kg over the same period in 2020.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) The gradual recovery from two major export markets, the US and China - Hong Kong, is expected to pull the export value of Vietnamese pangasius in the coming months out of negative growth.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) After increasing in January, Vietnam's cephalopod exports to South Korea in February 2021 decreased by 21% compared to the same period in 2020. In the first two months of 2021, Vietnam's cephalopod exports were 3% lower than the same period in 2020, reaching 27 million USD.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In February 2021, Vietnam's tuna export decreased by 22% compared to the same period in 2020, reaching nearly 43 million USD. Accumulated in the first two months of the year, the total export value of tuna reached 85 million USD, down by 10% compared to the same period in 2020. Vietnam has exported tuna to 54 markets around the world.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In the first 3 months of 2021, the area of aquaculture in Ca Mau province, especially shrimp farming, continued to develop stably.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In 2021, VASEP will continue its activities on the basis of joining hands with the local provinces and fishermen as well as implementing a program to support member enterprises to better fulfill their commitment against IUU fishing.

(vasep.com.vn) In the first two months of 2021, the total value of Vietnam's shrimp exports reached US $376 million, down by 1.9% year-on-year. In which, CPTPP market sector is still leading, accounting for 34.26% of total shrimp export. Lack of containers and high sea freight to European and US markets and congestion at Chinese import ports due to strict corona virus control regulations have affected Vietnam's shrimp exports in the first 2 months of the year. However, since March, the situation has been more positive, so it is forecasted that shrimp exports in the second quarter of 2021 will flourish again.

All fishing ships in Binh Dinh must obtain food safety certificates by the end of June as part of efforts to enhance the quality of fishery products caught by the south-central province's fishing fleet, according to a local agricultural official.