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.

Mekong Delta seeks ways for greener Tra fish industry

Mekong delta localities sought to achieve sustainable development for Tra fish farming in Vietnam at a conference in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang on June 23.

At the conference, the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department introduced to participants Vietnam’s set of standards on frozen tra fish filets and the US’s guidelines on catfish inspection programme.

Truong Dinh Hoe, General Secretary of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), presented an overview on Vietnam’s tra fish export, export barriers and solutions to these problems.

He recommended a need to issue certificates for goods traded through borders and to publicise information on China’s food safety standards and quarantine regulations.

In order to build a sustainable Tra fish industry, VASEP urged sides involved to focus on improving production management, expanding the market and diversifying products.

Enterprises were suggested to build brands and promote trade, while localities with concentrated tra fish farming areas were asked to invest in environmental examination, disease prevention, and materials quality. 

The Government has issued Decree 55/2017/ND-CP, which consists of specific regulations on registering identification number for ponds farming tra fish and regulations on quality and food safety for commercial tra fish products.

According to the Directorate of Fisheries, tra fish farms in Vietnam currently span 3,100 hectares in total.

As of June 15, Vietnam shipped over 582 million USD worth of tra fish products overseas, up 2.7 percent year on year.

Source: VNA