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.

Vietnam fisheries industry continues to maintain its growth rate

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In July and the first 7 months of 2019, the fisheries sector continued to be a bright spot in the agricultural sector with a stable growth. Generally, in the first 7 months of 2019, seafood production is estimated at 4,521,000 MT, up 5.6% over the same period in 2018.

According to the General Statistics Office, the country's seafood production in July 2019 is estimated at 740,500 MT, up 4.6% over the same period in 2018, including fish production reached 539,700 MT, up 5.4%; shrimp out put hit 97,800 MT, up 1.5%; other aquatic products touched 103,000 MT, up 3.5%.

Aquaculture production in July is estimated at 400,000 MT, up 4.7% over the same period in 2018, of which fish production reached 267,100 MT, up 6%; shrimp output touched 87,600 MT, up 0.9%. Pangasius production in July is estimated at 127,700 MT, up 6.3% compared to the same period in 2018, of which Dong Thap reached 44,500 MT, up 5.3%; An Giang achieved 38,700 MT, up 10.1%.

The production of black tiger shrimp in July is estimated at 34,100 MT, up 2.5% over the same period last in 2018, of which Bac Lieu reached 14,000 MT, up 9.2%; Tra Vinh touched 2,200 MT, up 15.8%.

Capture production in July 2019 is estimated at 340,500 MT, up 4.5% over the same period in 2018, of which fish volume reached 272,600 MT, up 4.9%; shrimp production hit 10,200 MT, up 6.3%. Marine capture in July is estimated at 324,300 MT, up 4.7% over the same period in 2018, of which fish reached 261,900 tons, up 4.9%; shrimp achieved 9,100 MT, up 5.8%.

Generally, in the first 7 months of 2019, seafood production is estimated at 4,521,000 MT, up 5.6% over the same period in 2018, of which aquaculture production reached 2,321,200 MT, up 6.3%; capture production hit 2,199,800 MT, an increase of 4.9% (marine production reached 2,099,600 MT, an increase of 5.1%).