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: Intensive, semi-intensive shrimp stocking area hit 1,846 ha in May

( In May 2017, the area for intensive, semi-intensive shrimp stocking reached 1,846 hectares (including 994 hectares for black tiger shrimp farming, 852 hectares for whiteleg shrimp farming), down 05 hectares compared to the previous month and up 515 hectares over the same period in 2016.

The total area as of 11th May 2017 was 6,883 hectares (including 3,505 hectares for black tiger shrimp farming and 3,378 hectares for white shrimp farming), up 2,955 hectares over the same period in 2016.

The harvested area in the month was 633 hectares, in which, that for black tiger shrimp was 182 hectares and that for whiteleg shrimp was 451 hectares, increasing by 275 hectares compared to the previous month and 264 hectares over the same period in 2016.

Compiled by Dieu Thuy