December 30, 2016
Vietnam's export turnover of aquatic products this year increased 6.6% over 2015, despite drought and saltwater intrusion in southcentral provinces and the Mekong Delta region, and the maritime environmental incident in four central provinces, which caused severe 'impacts on aquaculture and seafood catching.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that this year's aquatic exports raked in US$7 billion, while the total output of aquatic products increased 2.5% year-on-year to over 6.7 million tonnes, of which 3.6 million tonnes were from aquaculture and 3.1 million tonnes were from fishing, up 3.3% and 1.7%, respectively.
The Directorate of Fisheries said the impacts of the environmental disturbances in the first half were mitigated by the improved output in the second half of the year.
The total farming area reached 1.3 million hectares, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
In 2017, the seafood sector aims to produce 6.85 million tonnes, including 3.05 million tonnes from fishing and 3.8 million tonnes from farming, and earn $7.3 billion from exports.