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.

Ca Mau works to achieve 1.2 billion USD in exports

The Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau is exerting efforts to fulfil a target of 1.2 billion USD in export turnover in 2018.

According to the provincial People’s Committee, from the beginning of this year, the locality’s export value surpassed 810 million USD, mainly from the export of frozen shrimp, equal to 67.6 percent of the yearly target.

In October alone, Ca Mau earned 109 million USD from exports, representing a rise of 10.3 percent against that of the previous month.

The Vietnam Association Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) predicts bright prospects for export activities in the remaining months of this year. In addition, the price of shrimp materials has increased again, bringing about joy for shrimp farmers in the Mekong Delta province.

From now until the end of this year, the province continues stepping up trade promotion, seeking and expanding export markets, and diversifying export markets, said Chairman of the local People’s Committee Nguyen Tien Hai.

Enterprises have paid attention to reforming technologies and increase the productivity and quality of products to meet market demand and increase their competitiveness on both domestic and international markets.

The People’s Committee will also carry out several policies to help enterprises deal with difficulties, while speeding up administrative reform to foster production development and increase export turnover, and encouraging farmers and enterprises to invest in brackish shrimp farming in potential areas.

Hai asked local departments, sectors and localities to have strict management over farming areas, shrimp breeds and purchase, transportation, semi-processing and processing stages, and carry out measures to well address environmental pollution and diseases, so as to maintain the prestige, quality and brand name of Ca Mau’s shrimp.

VNA