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.

Quang Ninh district (Quang Binh): Promote capture fisheries and aquaculture

( Recently, fishermen of Quang Ninh district (Quang Binh province) have actively gone to the sea for fishing and expanded the area of aquaculture.

Accordingly, up to now, the whole district has more than 1,300 fishing vessels, of which, marine fishing vessels were 589 units. From the beginning of the year until now, the fishing and farming output reached 3,503 MT, up 5.96% over the same period in 2018; in which, capture output was 2,118 MT, up 7.35%.

Along with encouraging fishermen to promote fishing activities, Quang Ninh district also focused on regenerating aquatic resources, balancing the ecological environment and expanding aquaculture area.

Up to now, the whole district has 1,260.5 hectares of aquaculture with the farming output in the first 9 months of the year reached 1,385 MT, up 3.25% over the same period in 2018. In particular, the development of cage culture models included both freshwater and brackish water cages.

Quang Ninh district currently advocates encouraging people to harvest aquatic products that have reached a commercial size; at the same time, reinforcing the banks of the pond and taking measures to avoiding the loss of reared aquatic animals before the rainy season to ensure the yield and income value.