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. Vietnamese fisheries production increased steadily YoY. Aquaculture output tent to sharply rise while capture ouput tend to slow down. In 2023, aquaculture occupied 59%, fishing output occupied 41%. From 2018-2023, ratio of fishing output has decreased from 46% to 41% of total fishery production in Vietnam. In 2023, total aquaculture area was 5.408 million tons, up 3.5%; total fishing output was 3.861 million tons, equal to 2022.

Ben Tre’s fishery production is estimated at over 17,000 tons in July 2022

( The catch in July 2022 of Ben Tre province was estimated at 17,500 tons, the accumulated in 2022 reached 111,500 tons, down 18% over the same period, reaching 47.1% of the year plan.

Ben Tre’s fishery production is estimated at over 17000 tons in July 2022

In general, the weather situation is favorable for the operation of the province's fleet. However, due to the continued increase in oil prices, which greatly affected the fishing capacity, the fishing activities were mainly moderate, the efficiency and the production of fishing fleets are lower compared to the same period last year.

According to the Fisheries Sub-Department of Ben Tre, the number of fishing vessels docked at the port in the month was 115 times, accumulated in 2022 is 751 times; Ships leaving the port for fishing in the month are 133 times, accumulated in 2022 is 997 times. The total number of registered fishing vessels up to now is 3,784 units; license issuance and renewal stands at 102 ships; the total number of vessels licensed under the quota is 2,290 ships; The Sub-Department of Fisheries continues to coordinate with localities to implement the work transformation project plan.

Up to now, the number of fishing vessels with a length of 15 - 24 meters that are required to install the cruise monitoring device (VMS) is 2,008 out of 2,064 vessels, reaching the rate of 97.04%, the remainings are 56 suspended vessels.

Through the review, in July 2022, the authorities inspected and granted technical safety certificates to 134 fishing vessels; the year accumulated is 1,184 fishing vessels; the update of fishing vessel registration deadlines are maintained on VNFishbase system.

At the same time, the province is organizing a 24-hour on-call fishing vessel monitoring system; accumulated up to now, 47 out of 59 vessel crossings have been monitored. For vesselsthat lost signal, the satellite contacted 689 vessel owners out of 1,929 times.

Compiled by My Hanh