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.

Tra Vinh enjoys surge in aquatic product export turnover

Local businesses in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh earned 17.3 million USD from exporting aquatic products in the first half of 2017, an surge of 10.49 million USD against the same period last year.

They processed over 5,330 tonnes of aquatic product materials for export, including 406 tonnes of tiger prawn and 2,840 tonnes of white-leg shrimp, according to Pham Minh Truyen, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

He also attributed the rise in aquatic product export revenue to favourable conditions for shrimp farming this year, as well as the province’s active prevention of diseases and technical support to farmers in shrimp breeding.

As of June 2017, Tra Vinh harvested 11,115 tonnes of white-leg shrimp and over 4,000 tonnes of tiger prawn. With over 24,000 hectares of shrimp farming currently, the province expects an output of over 38,000 tonnes of commercial shrimp.

Source: VNA