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.

Ho Chi Minh City: Fisheries production in Jan-Apr 2017 touched 17,206 MT

( Fisheries output of Ho Chi Minh city (Vietnam) in April 2017 hit 4,421.9 MT, down 3.2% over the same period in 2016.

Of which, aquaculture output was 2,543.2 MT, a decrease of 8.6% and capture output was 1,878.7 MT, up 5.2% from the same period last year. In Jan-Apr 2017, fisheries output totaled 17,206.4 MT, up 2.8% over the same period last year, in which, aquaculture output reached 10,183.9 MT, up 5.2%. In particular, shrimp production touched 3,081.9 MT, down 7.8% year on year (whiteleg shrimp output reached 2,455.8 MT, down 13.5%); production of other marine fish hit 4,656.5 MT, accounting for 45.7%, up 15% over the same period last year. Besides, capture output reached 7,022.5 MT, down 0.5% year on year, mainly due to a 2.5 percent drop in fish production (accounting for 55.3%).

As of 10th April, in Can Gio district, there were 349 households stocking black tiger shrimp with 55.1 million seeds on an area of ​​2,960.4 hectares (mainly improved-extensive farming). There were 557 households stocking whiteleg shrimp with 155.36 million seeds on the area of ​​378.64 hectares.

Compiled by Dieu Thuy