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.

Bac Lieu fishermen enjoy good catches

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

Near-shore fishing ships were able to earn about 1.5 million VND (66 USD) in profit a day and long offshore trips up to 45 days could help the fishermen earn 300 million VND (13,190 USD).

Nguyen Van Nam, a fisherman in Dong Hai district said the cooperation of authorities, businesses and ship owners to form logistics teams has supported fishermen in their long fishing trips.

Since the beginning of this year, fishermen of Bac Lieu province have caught more than 45,000 tonnes of seafood, up 0.3 percent year-on-year. The catches are expected to increase as the latter half of the year is the best time for sea fishing.

Source: VNA