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.

Jan-May 2017: Capture output touched 1,327 thousand MT

( In May 2017, Vietnam’s capture volume totaled 311.9 thousand MT, the figure in Jan-May 2017 amounted to 1,327 thousand MT, increasing by 5.2% over the same period last year. Of that, marine catch reached 1,264 thousand MT, up 5.5%; and inland catch hit 63,000 MT, equal to last year.

In the southern fishing season, favorable weather facilitated kinds of cobia and scads to occur in near-shore waters. Besides, the favorable weather also facilitated fishing activities in some provinces of Central Vietnam such as Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Hue since from the beginning of the year. As of May 2017, tuna output in the three key provinces estimated at 10,050 MT, up 5.8% year on year. Of that, the volume in Phu Yen province was 2,759 MT, down 5.2%; that in Binh Dinh province was 5,296 MT, up 14.9%, and that in Khanh Hoa province was 2,092 MT, up 6.1% over the same period in 2016.

Compiled by Dieu Thuy