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.

Bac Lieu: Fisheries output reached 71,700 MT in Jan-Apr 2017

( The aquaculture area of Bac Lieu province in April 2017 reached 108,437 ha; in which, the area for shrimp farming was 107,748 ha (that for intensive and semi-intensive black tiger shrimp and whiteleg shrimp was 3,467 ha, and that for other types of farming was 104,281 ha) and the area for fish and other marine products was 689 ha.

The harvested area hit ​​ 67,861 ha, in which, that for intensive and semi-intensive shrimp was 10,177 ha. The output in April 2017 reached 12,168 MT, the figure in the first four months of 2017 estimated at 37,032 MT, completing 17.7% of the plan and up 10.8% year on year.

Local authorities continued to guide farmers, fishermen to make crop scheme in 2017, measures to improve ponds, disease prevention; implement environmental sanitation; strengthen the management of seeds, feed and some products for shrimp farming.

Capture production of the locality in April 2017 reached 8,467 MT, of which, the output of shrimp was 1,148 MT, that of fish and other marine products was 7,319 MT. Total capture output in the first 4 months of 2017 hit 34,483 MT, completing 31.1% of the plan, up 1,8% over the same period last year.

The total aquaculture and capture volume in April 2017 reached 20,635 MT, of which, the output of shrimp was 7,316 MT, that of fish and other marine products was 13,319 MT. The figure in Jan-Apr 2017 estimated at 71,785 MT, completing 22.4% of the plan, up 6.3% from a year before.

Compiled by Dieu Thuy