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: Capture output totaled 553 MT

( According to the statistics of Khanh Hoa Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in April 2017, capture output of the province hit 182 MT; the figure in Jan-Apr 2017 was 553 MT, completing 46% of the plan. The farming area reached 342 ha, completing 76% of the plan with the aquaculture volume of 162 MT, completing 14% of the plan.

In the coming time, the locality will continue to boost aquaculture; disseminate the process of safe shrimp culture for farmers; train farmers to follow the VietGap model. Besides, the locality also enhances the protection of aquatic resources and environment along Thuy Trieu lagoon as well as manages the exploitation and catching of aquatic resources.

Compiled by Dieu Thuy