Fishermen in the north central provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh brought home large amounts of anchovy, mackerel and flying fish, while those in the south central provinces of Khanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen enjoyed good catches of ocean tuna.
In the southernmost province of Ca Mau, each local ship has caught between 50-100 kg of ‘khoai’ fish each day after the Lunar New Year holiday, earning profit of VND4-VND20 million.
Meanwhile, inland fish catches totalled 23,000 tonnes in the two month period, down 14.8 percent from the same period last year, the MARD said.
Aquaculture output was estimated at 276,000 tonnes, up 5.1% year on year. In particular, tra fish output in the Mekong Delta, the main production area of the fish, increased by 8% to 163,300 tonnes. However, the prices of tra fish as material for processing have reached record high, fluctuating between VND28,000-VND29,500 (US$1.23 – US$1.3) per kg, reaching VND30,000 per kg at times.
Vietnam’s tra fish exports reached US$1.8 billion last year, up 4% against 2016, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).
Mekong Delta localities reported total tiger prawn output in the period at 29,800 tonnes, up 8.1%, and that of white-leg prawn at 10,800 tonnes, up 2.2%.
Vietnam’s shrimp export value was estimated at US$3.8 billion in 2017, up 22% from 2016.