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.

Khanh Hoa: Grape seaweed meets Japanese standards

( Thanks to the clean and safe farming, Khanh Hoa’s grape seaweed hit high yield and met standards for exports.

In Vietnam, in 2004, with 200 grams of grape seaweed seeds from Japan, Mr. Le Ben in Ninh Hai Commune, Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province - Deputy Director of Tri Tin Co., Ltd. conducted an experimental seaweed culture in abandoned black tiger shrimp ponds. After his studies, in 2007, he found a new method of farming from the Japanese way. This methods not only helped to raise the productivity but also the good quality, then the products exported back to Japan.

This improved farming method is widely applied and the farming area of grape seaweed continues to expand over 300 hectares in Cam Lam, Cam Ranh and Van Ninh districts in Khanh Hoa province to meet the standards for exports to Japan.