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.

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( The aquaculture area in Feb 2017 in Hai Phong province (Vietnam) estimated at 10,660.7 ha, down 0.2% over the same period last year, of which the area of black tiger shrimp farming was 1,816.7 ha, equal to the same period of last year; whiteleg shrimp was 235.8 ha, down 1.67% over the same period last year.

The People’s Committee of the south central coastal province of Ninh Thuan has just approved a project to develop local maritime economy by 2020 in a comprehensive and modern way.

Last year’s drought devastated crops and caused serious losses for farmers in the Mekong Delta. This year, authorities are restructuring crops, building dykes and erecting sluices in anticipation of continuing weather disasters.

As many as 164.8 billion VND (7.16 million USD) will be earmarked for technology transfer serving the restructuring of the fisheries sector during 2017-2020 under a scheme recently approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has set itself a target of producing 63,000 tonnes of shrimp on brackish-water farms this year.

( Aquaculture production of Vietnam in Feb 2017 estimated at 253 thousand MT, up 1.3% year on year; bringing the total aquaculture production in Jan-Feb 2016 to reach 463 thousand MT, up 1.2% from that of Jan-Feb 2016.

( The capture production of Vietnam in Jan-Feb 2017 estimated at 389 thousand MT, up 1.5% year on year in which marine catch gauged at 373 thousand MT, up 3.7% year on year and inland catch was 16 thousand MT.

The People’s Committee of the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang met representatives of the Viet-Uc Seafood Joint Stock Company on March 9 to discuss building the first high quality shrimp farm in the locality.

Managers, experts and producers of the seaweed business gathered to discuss growth outlook for the sector at a workshop held by the Directorate of Fisheries in Nha Trang city, the south central province of Khanh Hoa, on March 9.

( The capture output of Binh Thuan province (Vietnam) in Jan 2017 estimated at 7,944 MT; fulfiling 3.9% of the plan and falling 4.5% year on year.

( The capture output of Quang Nam province (Vietnam) in Jan 2017 estimated at 3,250 MT, fulfiling 4% of the plan and rising 4.8% (150 MT) over that of the same period of 2016.

Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay said he will visit Vietnam and India to seek more cooperation opportunities in agriculture.

The People’s Committee of the north central province of Thanh Hoa has decided to provide support worth over 7.5 billion VND (328,500 USD) for owners of local fishery logistic-service vessels.

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has recently commented on the high-tech shrimp farming park in the southern province of Bac Lieu.

( Fishery production of Quang Ngai province in 2016 estimated at 180,402 MT, up 7.6% compared to 2015, exceeding 5.3% compared to the plan.