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: Soar in tuna output in Jan-Jun 2017

( In the first 6 months of 2017, the favorable weather facilitated catching activities of ocean tuna in Khanh Hoa province.

According to Lu Thanh Phong, Deputy Director of Department of Natural Resources and Environment (Khanh Hoa Sub-Department of Fisheries of Fisheries), there are 1,312 offshore fishing vessels in the province, of which, there are about 500 tuna fishing vessels. According to the statistics, Khanh Hoa’s tuna production in the first half of the year reached 2,454 MT, up 3% over the same period last year. The chain linkage model between Phuoc Dong Fishery Co-operation Group (Nha Trang city) and Thinh Hung Co., Ltd has prompted fishermen to exploit and preserve the products well.

Mr. Tran Van Dat, Head of Phuoc Dong Fishery Co-operation Group, said that over the past six months, the cooperative members have made 324 trips with the catching output of 1.5 MT/vessel/trip.

According to Khanh Hoa Sub-Department of Fisheries, tuna catches in the province expected to reach 4,500 MT in 2017.