Draft strategy targets Vietnam’s leading position in Asian mariculture
Updated : Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:47 AM (GMT+0700)

Adraft strategy for sea farming development has set the target of making Vietnama leading country in mariculture in Asia, and one of the world’s top fivefarmed seafood producers and exporters by 2050.

 
An offshore fish farm in the Mekong Delta of Kien Giang - Photo: VNA

The Directorate of Fisheriesunder the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a workshop on July11 to collect opinions on the draft strategy.

Deputy General Director ofthe directorate Tran Dinh Luan said Vietnam boasts huge potential andadvantages for sea farming, including a coastline over 3,260km in length and agreat number of islands and bays, especially western sea areas that are lessvulnerable to storms and the areas off the coast of the central region whichhave favourable depth conditions for sea farming.

However, sea farming in thecountry is still scattered and operates on a small scale, yet to fully tap intoits potential and natural advantages, he noted, voicing his hope for bettermechanisms and policies to attract investment in this field.

Echoing this, Patrick Whitefrom the US Soybean Export Council, which also engages in offshore aquacultureand aquatic technique-related activities, said Vietnam holds much potential andadvantages for the development of sea farming. If there are specific mechanismsand policies, these resources will be optimised.

In the draft strategy for2030 with a vision towards 2050, sea farming will be developed into aconcentrated, large-scale, and sustainable production sector, creatinghigh-quality goods for the domestic market and exports.

By 2020, policiesencouraging industrial offshore aquaculture will be piloted, while the numberof enterprises involved in industrial mariculture will be increased inpotential localities such as Hai Phong city and the provinces of Quang Ninh,Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, and Kien Giang.

The draft plans that by2030, Vietnam will have successfully built a concentrated, modern, andenvironmentally-friendly sea farming industry with diverse products, highproductivity, reasonable structure, and good competitiveness and integrationcapacity. 

Mariculture is expected tocover 300,000ha of the water surface, producing 1.75 million tonnes of seafoodand earning 5-8 billion USD from exports each year by that year.

By 2050, the country hopesto have an advanced sea farming industry with sustainable development. Thesector will become a key part of sea-based economic activities and contribute2-3 percent to total GDP.

Offshore aquaculture istargeted to produce 3 million tonnes of seafood and gain more than 10 billionUSD from exports every year by 2050, according to the draft strategy.

Source:VNA

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