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's fishery output in the first 8 months reached 5.7 million tons

( According to the report of the Directorate of Fisheries, by the end of August 2021, the total fishery production of Vietnam is estimated at 5,692.5 thousand tons (up 1.4% over the same period in 2020), of which the output caught catching 2,704.8 thousand tons (up 0.8%), aquaculture production 2,987.7 thousand tons (up 1.8%).

Output of brackish water shrimp in the first 8 months of this year reached 622.8 thousand tons, up 6.8% over the same period in 2020 (in which, the output of black tiger shrimp reached 187.3 thousand tons, the output of whiteleg shrimp was 187.3 thousand tons, 397.3 thousand tons). The output of pangasius in 8 months reached 932 thousand tons, down 2.0% over the same period in 2020, the rest were other species.

According to the seafood production plan of the Directorate of Fisheries, in 2021, the fishery output will reach a total of 8.6 million tons, of which: aquaculture 4.75 million tons; fishing 3.85 million tons.
Accordingly, the plan for the last 4 months of 2021 is as follows: Total seafood production is 2.9 million tons, of which: aquaculture is 1.75 million tons, fishing is 1.15 million tons.