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 promotes aquaculture, fishery at Algeria’s int’l fair

Vietnam’s aquaculture, fishery industry and seafood are on display at the seventh International Exhibition of Fishing and Aquaculture (SIPA 2017) which is underway in Oran, Algeria from November 9-12.

At the biennial fair, Vietnamese Trade Counsellor to Algeria Hoang Duc Nhuan gave local companies an overview of the Vietnam-Algeria trade and prospects for future cooperation and introduced Vietnam’s major exporters.

Vietnam and Algeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding in aquaculture and fishery in 2010, Nhuan said, adding that since then, seafood has been among Top 5 export earners of Vietnam to the African nation which brought home 9-10 million USD annually. But the export revenue dropped to 6.8 million USD last year.

According to the ambassador, some Algerian firms looked for Vietnam’s experience in aquaculture, particularly prawn and tra fish farming, while others were seeking Vietnamese investment partners and sources of fish feed and fishing nets in Vietnam for import.

This year’s SIPA is held to promote aquaculture and fishery as a way to achieve sustainable development and economic diversity. The event features 77 domestic booths and 35 booths run by foreign exhibitors working in different areas of the industry. It also hosts a wide range of side activities, including seminars, business forums, and B2B meetings.

Source: VNA