Vietnamese catfish. (Photo Credit: VASEP)
Seafood production grows slighlty through November
Thursday, December 05, 2013, 04:10 (GMT + 9)
From January to November Vietnam’s fish production is estimated to have reached nearly 5.5 million tonnes, up 2.6 percent year-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 percent and 2.7 percent, respectively, compared to the same period in 2012.
Wild fish catches in November amounted to 175,000 tonnes –comprising shrimp, finfish and other marine products-, while the estimated aquaculture output was 299,000 tonnes, up 4.5 percent year-on-year.
Total pangasius production through November this year is estimated to have reached 852,000 tonnes, from a farming area of 5,800 hectares.
The Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre recorded the highest production of pangasius, with 148,600 tonnes (700 hectares cultivated). It was followed by Can Tho 117,150 tonnes (836 hectares) and Vinh Long, with 91,844 tonnes (423 hectares).
Ca Mau led farmed shrimp productions, with the harvest of 97,420 tonnes of black tiger shrimp and 11,580 tonnes of vannamei in the first ten months of this year.