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.

Ben Tre: Rise in fisheries output

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) According to Mr. Bui Van Lam - Director of the Ben Tre Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in the first haft of 2017, the total aquaculture area in the province reached more than 40,000 hectares (including shrimp, mollusks, pangasius ...), completing nearly 86% of the yearly plan, a year-on-year increase of over 12%.

Total fisheries output in the locality was over 131 thousand MT, completing 51% of the plan, up nearly 20% over the same period of last year. In the period, there were nearly 1,900 fishing vessels with the output of 91 thousand MT, up 31% year on year, completing nearly 45% of the plan.