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.

Quang Nam: Capture output in April hit 7,350 MT

( Currently, favorable weather facilitated fishing activities in the South fishing season, with main species such as silver croaker, tuna, scads, cuttlefish and mackerel.

In April 2017, capture output of Quang Nam province (Vietnam) reached 7,350 MT, the figure in Jan-Apr 2017 estimated at 21,720 MT, completing 26% of the plan (up 5.4% or 1,120 MT compared with the same period in 2016).

In the locality, there were 560 fish farming cages, of which 260 cages were for brackish and brackish water fish farming; 300 ones were for freshwater fish farming (Khe Tan, Song Tranh II, Kon rivers and Tam Ky rivers).

Compiled by Dieu Thuy