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.

Ho Chi Minh City: clam production sky rockets

( Total aquaculture production of Ho Chi Minh City in November 2015 was estimated at 7603.8 MT, up 14.4% yoy. In particular, farmed seafood was 5165.8 MT, up 16% yoy and caught seafood was 2,438 MT, up 11% yoy.

 For the whole 11 months of 2015, seafood production was 48,019.8 MT, up 4.1% year on year. Aquaculture output increased by 7.6% to 31,985.9 MT. Fish production was 5,914.8 MT, up 13.4%. Clam production was 72.7 MT, equivalent to 4 times of the result last year. Meanwhile, seafood caught fell by 2.4% to 16,033.9 MT.

As of 10th November 2015, there were 163.6 million shrimp seeded on an area of 3,235.5 hectares.