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.

Available fish sources

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) According to the National Agricultural Extension Center, sustainable development of fisheries aims to implement the project "Restructuring agricultural sector towards enhancing added-value production and sustainable development" and the project "Restructuring fisheries sector by 2020, orientation to 2030”.

Fishermen of the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang have caught nearly 80,000 tonnes of seafood since the start of the year, a rise of 2.2 percent year-on-year.

Vietnam recorded over 2.6 million tonnes of aquatic products in the first nine months of 2017, a year-on-year rise of 5.2 percent, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Da Nang city People’s Committee has recently approved a project on developing sea-based economy by 2025 with vision to 2030, aiming to build the central city into a maritime economic hub with explosive growth in companion with environment protection and sustainable development.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) By 2020, the production area of rice-shrimp will be expanded up to 10,000 ha in 3 districts in Ca Mau province, including U Minh, Tran Van Thoi and Thoi Binh, with the output of 50,000 MT.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In the first 6 months of 2017, total aquaculture and capture production in Thanh Hoa province was 78,932 MT, completing 50.1% of the plan, up 6.3% year on year. Of that, capture output hit 53,732 MT and aquaculture output touched 25,200 MT.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) According to Mr. Bui Van Lam - Director of the Ben Tre Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in the first haft of 2017, the total aquaculture area in the province reached more than 40,000 hectares (including shrimp, mollusks, pangasius ...), completing nearly 86% of the yearly plan, a year-on-year increase of over 12%.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In 2017, Kien Giang province plans to total an area of 114,000 hectares in brackish water shrimp farming, with the production of 63,000 MT. The province boosts shrimp farming safely, sustainably and effectively.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) According to Ca Mau Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, from now to 2020 as well as to 2030, the area for shrimp farming in the province will remain at 280,000 hectares.

The Prime Minister has decided to establish the Thai Binh Economic Zone (EZ) in the northern province of Thai Binh

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) According to Mr. Tran Dac Mau, head of the An Giang Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, raw pangasius prices have been increasing steadily since before the Lunar New Year in 2017 and currently quoted at a high price of VND24,500-25,000/kg.

Hanoi’s agro-forestry-aquaculture production value surpassed 18.6 trillion VND (about 818.4 million USD) in the two first quarters of this year, up 2.85 percent against the same period last year, heard a conference on July 19.

Vietnam’s fishery output in the first half of this year reached 1.6 million tonnes, up 4.8 percent against the same period last year and fulfilling 54.8 percent of the yearly target

Fishermen in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu have gained big profits in recent weeks thanks to favourable weather.

The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang is focusing on fisheries exploitation on the back of its favourable natural conditions.