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.

Aquaculture output scales up 8 percent

Aquaculture output in the first 11 months of 2017 totalled more than 3.5 million tonnes, up 8 percent from the same time last year, as estimated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Tra fish farming areas in the period expanded by 2 percent year on year to 5,822 hectares and total yield is expected at over 1.2 million tonnes. Large tra fish raising localities are Dong Thap with total output of nearly 436,000 tonnes, An Giang with 258,000 tonnes and Can Tho with 171,500 tonnes.

Shrimp output during January-November also picked up 9.9 percent from the same time last year to 636,000 tonnes thanks to good control of diseases.

Also in the period, seafood catches were 3 million tonnes, 4 percent higher than the corresponding period last year.

Fishing activities were hugely impacted by unfavourable weather conditions in November, the ministry said.

According to statistics, three central provinces of Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen caught 17,390 tonnes of tuna, with highest catch recorded in Binh Dinh province (9,700 tonnes).

Source: VNA