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.

Aquaculture production picks up in May

Vietnam’s aquaculture output reached 370,000 tonnes in May, a year-on-year increase of 3.3 percent, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The total output for the first five months this year was 1.235 million tonnes, up 2.4 percent year on year.

In the period, the total output of Tra fish in the Mekong Delta provinces hit 465,900 tonnes, up 11.1 percent from the same period last year, while aquaculture area was estimated at 3,092 hectares, falling 6.2 percent. The sharpest increase of Tra fish output was recorded in Can Tho city, by 50.1 percent, followed by An Giang, by 11.9 percent, and Dong Thap, 3.2 percent.

The price of Tra fish slightly dropped in May, to around 24,000 – 26,000 VND per kilogram. The price of Tra fish foy also fell, ranging from 27,000 – 50,000 VND (1.2 - 2.2 USD) per kg.

The nation’s total shrimp raising area was estimated at 597,000 hectares, up 6.8 percent from the same period last year, with total output topping 144,000 tonnes, increasing by 46.2 percent. Shrimp prices ranged between 85,000 VND – 340,000 VND (3.7 – 15 USD) per kg.

In the period, the output of fish catch topped 1.327 million tonnes, up 5.2 percent year on year, of which 1.264 million tonnes were caught at sea, up 5.5 percent. The total output included 311,000 tonnes caught in May, according to the Ministry.

Thanks to favourable weather, fishermen in the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien – Hue took longer offshore fishing trips.

The total output of tuna hit 10,050 tonnes, up 5.8 percent year on year, including 2,789 tonnes caught in Phu Yen, dropping 5.2 percent; 5,296 tonnes in Binh Dinh, and 2,092 tonnes in Khanh Hoa, up 14.9 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively.

Source: VNA