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.

High-tech shrimp farming area constructed in Bac Lieu province

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended a ceremony to launch the construction of a high-tech agricultural area specialised in shrimp development in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu on January 30 as part of a local investment promotion conference.

The area will cover 418.91 hectares in Hiep Thanh commune, Bac Lieu city, with total expected investment of 3.2 trillion VND (140.4 million USD).

The locality has big ambitions of becoming a national shrimp industrial hub.

The area will serve as a centre linking with institutes, schools and businesses using high technology in shrimp breeding, creating a chain from producing parent shrimp and varieties to super-intensive farming, processing, preservation and food production research.

According to Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Duong Thanh Trung, after the ceremony, more than 20 businesses registered to invest in the shrimp farming area, while many institutes and schools signed agreements to connect, transfer and apply advanced technologies. The total registered investment amounted to more than 2.6 trillion VND (114.1 million USD).

He called for more assistance from the Government, ministries and businesses to build high-tech shrimp farming models to aid local development.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said the area will help expand high-tech shrimp breeding across the region along with 28 shrimp-breeding cities and provinces nationwide, contributing to realising the country’s shrimp export target of 10 billion USD in 2021-2025.

PM Phuc urged the province to accelerate the construction of the area to put it into operation as soon as possible.

The same day, the PM attended a ceremony to release shrimps in a greenhouse of Vietnam-Australia Group and build a symbol of Vietnamese shrimp.

Bac Lieu has an aquaculture area of 1,290 With a coastline of 56 km, three seaports and an economic exclusive zone of 20,742, the province has favourable conditions to develop agriculture, fishing and fishery logistics.

Agriculture accounts for 43.14 percent of the province’s gross regional domestic product. Each year, the locality harvests about 210,000 tonnes of aquatic products, of which 115,000 tonnes are shrimp, with shrimp export turnover exceeding 527 million USD.