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.

Fishery output hits 1.6 million tones in H1

Vietnam’s fishery output in the first half of this year reached 1.6 million tonnes, up 4.8 percent against the same period last year and fulfilling 54.8 percent of the yearly target

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development attributed the high output to favourable weather conditions during the January-June period.

Of the figure, offshore catch exceeded 1.55 million tonnes, a year-on-year rise of 5 percent while the output caught in inland rivers and lakes was 85,000 tonnes, up 1.2 percent over the corresponding time last year.

The good weather also made it easier for tuna fishing in the central provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa, which brought ashore an estimated 13,026 tonnes, an increase of 21.8 percent year-on-year. Tuna prices at ports ranged between 60,000 VND and 96,000 VND per kilo.

Meanwhile, farm fish output reached 1.69 million tonnes in the reviewed time, rising 6.7 percent year on year, and accounting for 43.3 percent of the annual plan, the ministry said.

Tra fish output hit 583,503 tonnes, equivalent to the number recorded in the same period last year and 50.7 percent of the target set for the whole year although tra fish farming area in the Mekong Delta decreased 16 percent to an estimated 3,076 ha.

During the reviewed period, brackish shrimp farms also produced 216,811 tonnes, up 14.7 percent year-on-year and completing 32.9 percent of the yearly target, on an area of 639,761 ha, an increase of 5.5 percent.

White-leg shrimp farming area expanded by 32.6 percent to 57,680 ha which produced 107,662 tonnes, up 30.8 percent. Meanwhile, with an area of 582,080 ha, up 3.4 percent year-on-year, the output of tiger prawn was 109,149 tonnes, a rise of 2.2 percent.

In the first six months of this year, aquatic products worth 3.5 billion USD have been shipped abroad since the beginning of this year, predominantly to the US, Japan, China and the RoK, marking a 14.1 percent rise.

Source: VNA