A bonanza year for the fisheries sector

(VOV) - Despite capital shortages, high prices of input material, and adverse weather, the fisheries sector has put in a good performance in 2013, maintaining high growth and export markets.

Statistics show the country’s total aquatic output reached 6.05 million tonnes, a year-on-year increase of 2.2%, of which offshore fishing hit over 2.7 million tonnes and aquaculture generated 3.34 million tonnes.

2013 also marked a bumper harvest of white-legged shrimp, raking in US$2.5 billion from exports, increasing nearly 33% over 2012 and making up 44% of the sector’s total export value.

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Catching fish in Tra Vinh province 

At a conference in Hanoi on December 25, the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries reported the sector has prevented epidemics, diversified varieties, and expanded overseas outlets for Tra (pangasius) fish – a key seafood export item.

It has expanded farming areas and applied the latest farming technology, including environmentally friendly VIETGAP, to ensure the quality of product for domestic use and for export.

The sector has also invested intensively in research and development to protect fishery resources and fishing grounds.

Vu Van Tam, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said in 2014 the sector aim to catch 6.2 million tonnes of fisheries, including 2.6 million from offshore fishing.