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) Mr. Phan Thanh Sang - Head of the Import-Export Management Department, Ca Mau Industry and Trade Department said that in the first two months of 2018, the seafood export turnover in the locality was estimated at US$121.38 million, up 15% over the same period last year, which showed the highest growth compared to other sectors. The fisheries sector is expected to contribute much to the economic growth of the province.

Dong Thap province, already the largest tra fish producer in the Mekong Delta, has further increased the breeding area this year because of the high prices the fish is fetching.

More than two years ago, Dang Thanh Tan, a farmer in Binh Minh town, northern Ninh Binh province, decided to switch from breeding shrimp in traditional ponds to high-tech farming.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved a three-tier cooperation plan for production of high-quality tra fish breeds in the Mekong Delta from now to 2025.

Vietnam posted growth in both aquatic catch and aquaculture output in the first quarter of 2018, partly thanks to good weather, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) At the end of the lunar year, at two fishing ports of Dong Tac (Tuy Hoa City) and Phu Lac (Dong Hoa District), boats arrived at full speed, the working atmosphere of fishermen was also more urgent to take advantage of fishing. In particular, over a week, dozens of tuna fishing vessels of Phu Yen fishermen landed with high yields every day.

The Dong Thap province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will earmark over 2,000 hectares of land for farming giant river prawns, most of it in Tam Nong, Thanh Binh, and Cao Lanh districts and Hong Ngu town.

Fishermen in the central region have seen bumper catches and big profits during Tet (the Lunar New Year).

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended a ceremony to launch the construction of a high-tech agricultural area specialised in shrimp development in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu on January 30 as part of a local investment promotion conference.

Export turnover of agro-forestry-aquatic products in January 2018 was estimated at 3.09 billion USD, up 25.9 percent against the same period last year.

Authorities in the central coastal province of Phu Yen will spend nearly 2.12 VND trillion (93 million USD) developing aquaculture from now until 2025.

Farmers in Ben Tre province’s Thanh Phu district have earned high profits from rotating rice and shrimp cultivation in the same rice field.

The Mekong Delta province of Long An plans to increase its aquatic farming area by 200 hectares to approximately 9,200 hectares and expects to produce 52,550 tonnes of aquatic products this year.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has accomplished targets set by the government this year, said Deputy Minister Ha Cong Tuan during a press conference in Hanoi on December 29.

Aquaculture output in the first 11 months of 2017 totalled more than 3.5 million tonnes, up 8 percent from the same time last year, as estimated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.