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.

Kien Giang: Up in exports of canned fish to Cambodia

( According to Kien Giang Department of Industry and Trade, in the first six months of this year, the province's export turnover reached over US$170 million, completing over 42% of the year plan, up 2.6% from the same period last year.

Recently, the export activities of Kien Giang province showed signs of good prospects for development, especially exports of marine products which all increased year on year. In particular, shipments of frozen fish increased by 30%, those of cephalopod climbed up 30.5%, those of frozen shrimp inched up 14% and so on thanks to the recovery in exports to traditional markets such as Japan, South Korea and Europe. Some other items such as instant noodles, canned fish and oil for exports to the Cambodia rose by over 31% year on year.

Along with that, many export enterprises take the initiative in seeking partners and investing in modern technological lines which meet the regulations on quality control of products in importing markets. The policies on cross-border trade development have been implemented better, which contributes to facilitating the export activities of Kien Giang enterprises.

From now to the end of the year, the province will continue to implement measures to boost export activities in order to achieve and exceed the plan of 2017 with the export turnover of more than US$400 million.