GENERAL INFORMATION

Vietnam, with a coastline of over 3,260 kilometers (km) and more than 3,000 islands and islets scattered offshore, plus up to 2,860 rivers and estuaries, has been geographically endowed with ideal conditions for the thriving fishery sector which currently exists.

Great potential of fishery sector in Vietnam is embedded in water bodies of 1.700.000 ha in which 811.700 ha freshwater, 635.400 ha brackish waters and 125.700 ha coves and 300.000 - 400.000 ha wetland areas might be employed for aquaculture development.

The Mekong River Delta in the south and the Red River Delta in the north have been used for wild catch fishing as well as extensive fish farming.

Shrimp and pangasius mostly farmed in the Mekong River Delta, in which, shrimp farmes located in coastal provinces such as Tra Vinh, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Ca Mau, Kien Giang, Ben Tre..

Pangasius farming is developing in many provinces in Mekong River Delta such as Can Tho, Vinh Long, Tien Giang, An Giang, Dong Thap, Soc Trang, Hau Giang, Tra Vinh....

Production in the fishery sector grew at an average rate of 7.05% from 1991 to 2000, and 10% from 2001 to now. The country produces annually over 6 million MT of fish, in which its landings reached 2.7 million MT and aquaculture reached 3.3 million MT. In 2015, total fisheries production reached 6.56 million MT, including 3.03 million tons from catching and 3.53 million tons from aquaculture.

Bac Lieu: Production of aquaculture and capture output reached over 26,770 tons

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) Currently, aquaculture area in Bac Lieu province is nearly 120,000 ha. In the first 5 months of the year, total production of aquaculture and capture reached 26,772 tons.

In particular, shrimp volume reached 10,949 tons, fish and other aquatic products hit 15,823 tons, reaching 29.28% of the plan and up 103.04% year on year.

Bac Lieu Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the area of aquaculture in May was 119,748 ha; currently raising area is 113,417 hectares, of which shrimp farming is 112,500 hectares (the area of super-intensive, intensive and semi-intensive shrimp farming is 5,670 hectares, other forms of rearing is 106,830 hectares), the area of fish and other species is 917 hectares. The area of renovating and preparing for stocking is 8,961 ha (of which the area of intensive and semi-intensive shrimp is 8,931 ha).

So far, about 83,862 hectares have been harvested, the harvested output was 15,777 tons (of which 10,138 tons of shrimp, fish and other species was 5,639 tons). Artemia farming area was 219 ha; harvest yield was about 3,963 kg; selling price from 1.0 to 1.2 million VND/kg.

According to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bac Lieu now has 1,147 registered fishing vessels. Total capacity of 216,354 CV, total crew member of 6,842 people, in which offshore fishing vessels of 572 with total capacity is 199,000 CV.

Fishing capture output was 10,995 tons, of which production of shrimp reached 811 tons, fish and other species of 10,184 tons.