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.

An Giang enjoys bumper tra fish production

The Mekong Delta province of An Giang’s tra fish production in 2018 is estimated at 346,000 tonnes, a rise of 61,000 tonnes over that in 2017, reported the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

This year, An Giang has 1,138 hectares of tra fish farms, 408.7 hectares of which meet quality standards like GlobalGAP, ASC and VietGAP.

Localities with the largest area of tra fish farms are Chau Phu, Chau Thanh, Thoai Son, Cho Moi and Phu Tan districts, and Long Xuyen city.

Over the past years, local tra fish processors and exporters have invested in expanding tra fish farms and developing material areas. As many as 55 percent of total tra fish output of An Giang have been consumed by local processors.

In 2018, local farmers have applied technology advances in production and strictly follow safe breeding procedures, helping increase production to 318 tonnes per hectare, up 10 tonnes over the previous year.

Along with focusing on improving the quality of tra fish varieties, An Giang has invested in upgrading production infrastructure to enhance its capacity of producing young fish to supply for breeders in and outside the locality.

According to the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, An Giang exported 73,385 tonnes of tra fish products in the first 10 months of this year for over 177 million USD.