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.

Khanh Hoa boosts intensive shrimp farming

( Khanh Hoa province (Vietnam) boosts to invest in intensive shrimp farming, especially high-tech shrimp farming to increase productivity in the coming years.

It is expected that the province will build a high-tech whiteleg shrimp culture area in Ninh Hoa town, with a scale of up to 50 ha by 2020, with an average productivity of 30-50 MT/ha. By 2020, the area for brackish water shrimp farming in the locality will decrease to 1,755 ha; in which, the area of ​​shrimp farming in Cam Ranh city will be 65 ha, Ninh Hoa town with 1,290 ha, Van Ninh district with 250 ha and Cam Lam district with 150 ha.

In order to develop intensive shrimp culture, in the coming time, the province will focus on improving the infrastructure of farming areas, especially the areas of super-intensive shrimp farming to increase productivity.

Compiled by Dieu Thuy