GENERAL INFORMATION

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.

Thai Binh Economic Zone established

The Prime Minister has decided to establish the Thai Binh Economic Zone (EZ) in the northern province of Thai Binh

Under the decision, the coastal EZ will span 30 communes, one town in Thai Thuy, Tien Hai districts, and the coastal areas.

They are 14 communes and town in Thai Thuy district, namely Diem Dien town, Thuy Hai, Thuy Luong, Thuy Ha, Thuy Tan, Thuy Truong, Thuy Xuan, Thuy Lien, Thai Nguyen, Thai Thuong, Thai Hoa, Thai Do, Thai Tho, Thai Xuyen and My Loc communes.

The 16 others are in Tien Hai districts, namely Dong Tra, Dong Hai, Dong Long, Dong Xuyen, Dong Hoang, Dong Co, Dong Lam, Tay Giang, Tay Son, Nam Cuong, Nam Thang, Nam Thinh, Nam Thanh, Nam Hung, and Nam Phu.

Covering over 30,583 hectares, the EZ includes an electricity centre; an industrial complex; a port and port logistics area; resorts and recreational areas; aquaculture areas and coastal protection forests; residential, service and administrative areas.

The EZ aims to fully explore fully potential on natural condition and position in economic connectivity, trade and service; thus narrowing development gap with other regions, while attracting investment, ensuring national defence and security and preserving local marine ecosystem, historic and cultural values.

Priorities will be given to the industries taking the advantages of local resources and in connection with other regional EZs, industrial parks.

VNA