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.

Binh Thuan approves seafood cluster

The Binh Thuan Province People’s Committee has approved a proposal by local company Truong An Construction to build an industrial cluster in Mui Ne.

The 23.86ha cluster in the beach city of Phan Thiet will serve as a seafood processing hub for the south-central province and also encourage traditional local vocations like anchovy processing and fish sauce production.

When it opens, small-scale and household processors scattered around beaches and resorts will be moved into it.

Setting up a cluster is part of authorities’ efforts to monitor the quality of seafood products and protect the coastal environment to boost tourism.

Binh Thuan is one of the country’s biggest seafood producers with around 52-thousand square kilometres of traditional fishing grounds.

The province also has a rapidly growing beach tourism industry.

The number of international visitors to the province increased by 20 per cent year-on-year in the first two months.

Source: VNS