A draft master plan for the Mekong Delta for 2021-2030 and vision to 2050, recently released to collect public feedback, views climate change as not only a challenge but also an opportunity for local development.

Despite facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seafood exports last year were estimated at US$8.58 billion, the same as in 2019. The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEp) expects them to increase by 5 per cent to $8.8 billion this year aided by many positive factors.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In 2020, the country's seafood production has reached 8.4 million tons, a slight increase of 3% compared to 2019, of which aquaculture accounts for 54% with nearly 4.6 million tons. accounting for 46% with over 3.8 million tons. Seafood exports reached 8.4 billion USD, down 1.9% compared to 2019, of which aquaculture (shrimp, pangasius) accounted for 62% with 5.2 billion USD, captured seafood accounted for 38% with 3.2 billion USD.

The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang targets an average annual growth rate of 24 per cent for marine aquaculture from now to 2030.

The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Cà Mau plans to maintain its shrimp farming area at 280,000ha between 2021 and 2025, with an increased output.

The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh is taking various steps to develop climate change-resilient aquaculture, setting its sights on expanding the local aquaculture area by 2,500 ha to reach 40,000 ha by 2030.,

The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh is taking various steps to develop climate change-resilient aquaculture, setting its sights on expanding the local aquaculture area by 2,500 ha to reach 40,000 ha by 2030.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In 2020, Vietnam's seafood exports brought in $ 8.4 billion, down 1.9% from 2019, of which farmed seafood (shrimp, pangasius) accounted for 62% with $5.2 billion, capture fisheries accounted for 38% with US$ 3.2 billion.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) Free trade agreements (FTAs) that come into effect and put into effect in 2020 have created favorable conditions for our country's goods to be exported abroad in the past year. After falling continuously in the first half of the year due to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, Vietnam's seafood exports started to recover from July. Especially, thanks to the Vietnam - EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). Effective from August 2020, seafood has continued to have double-digit growth since September.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) In 2020, the fisheries sector experienced loads of difficulties such as export activities are interrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic; the consumption demand for high-value aquatic products contracted; the weather was not favorable for fisheries production, etc. Notwithstanding, according to the Directorate of Fisheries (D-Fish), Vietnam's total seafood production still rose by 1.8% to reach 8.4 million MT. Of which, the capture production reached 3.85 million MT, up 2.1%, the aquaculture production reached 4.56 million MT, up 1.5%, and the export turnover achieved US$8.4 billion.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) The 2020 was a turbulent year for the world economy with many nations suffering tremendous losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vietnam has been less affected by the pandemic thanks to extraordinary efforts of the industry. Notwithstanding, everything from life to socio-economic, education, and national security has undergone many months of upsetting. Vietnam's seafood industry has been affected by various issues. Continued difficulties from key export markets and natural disasters have caused both farmers and businesses to worry to fight for "survival". At the end of the year, the total seafood export value of Vietnam reached 8.41 billion USD, slightly down 1.9% compared to 2019. This result reflects the tireless efforts of seafood enterprises in the light of the pandemic crisis.

Vietnam is one of the biggest producers of ASC certified seafood with hundreds of certified farms, but one company still managed to achieve a first for the country last year.

(seafood.vasep.com.vn) Vietnam sets a target achieving seafood export turnover of US$14-16 billion by 2030 and creates jobs for 3.5 million workers. By 2045, fisheries will be a modern commercial economy, a deep seafood processing hub, which belongs to the group of three leading countries in the world.

(vasep.com.vn) Vietnam needs to implement measures to trace the origin of seafood, determined to implement the recommendations of the European Commission to remove the IUU yellow card.

Fishermen and seasonal workers are working hard making a seafood product that Phu Quoc is particularly famous for: dried anchovy.