December 9, 2013
Vietnam's fish production is estimated to have reached nearly 5.5 million tonnes during January - November 2013, a rise of 2.6% on-year, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).
This volume includes about 2.5 million tonnes of wild fisheries landings and 2.9 million tonnes of farmed fish, figures which represent increases of 2.4% and 2.7%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2012.
Estimated aquaculture output was 299,000 tonnes, up 4.5% on-year, while wild fish catches in November amounted to 175,000 tonnes, comprising shrimp, finfish and other marine products.
From a farming area of 5,800 hectares, total pangasius production through November this year is estimated to have reached 852,000 tonnes.
The Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre posted the highest production of pangasius, with 148,600 tonnes (700 hectares cultivated). It was followed by Can Tho with 117,150 tonnes over 836 hectares, and Vinh Long, with 91,844 tonnes over 423 hectares.
In the first 10 months of this year, Ca Mau led farmed shrimp productions, with the harvest of 97,420 tonnes of black tiger shrimp and 11,580 tonnes of vannamei.