This marine cage-farming industrial scale is located in Van Phong Bay, Van Ninh district (Khanh Hoa) of the High-Tech Marine Farming Center under the Research Institute for Aquaculture No1 (Institute No1).
From Hon Khoi port, Ninh Hai ward (Ninh Hoa town), after a half hour of canoeing, the mission was present at the cage-farming area following Norwegian technology to operate. According to the Institute No1, this farm was established in mid-2013 with an area of about 10 hectares of sea surface, including 20 round cages of HDPE plastic bearing force, storms, and strong winds; 60 metres in circumference to raise commercial Pompano; 22 square cages with the size of 5x5x5 metres used to feed broodstock and rear fingerlings.
Currently, Institute No1 has mastered the technology of designing and installing HDPE cages according to Norwegian technology with localized cage materials that reduces manufacturing costs by more than 50% compared to imported cages. The cages and anchoring systems are designed to resist typhoon level 11. However, in fact, it still withstands strong storms level 12 shocking level 15 (Damrey) landed in late 2017 through the cage system.
In addition, the processes from hatchery production, commercial farming, feed management, fish feeding, fish disease prevention and treatment to product harvesting and preservation, and traceability are also done by Institute No1 by their own technology. In which, a number of technological processes have been recognized with technical advances such as technological processes for producing snubnose pompano (Trachinotus Blochii) breed; process of commercial farming snubnose pompano in cages on an industrial scale; process of environmental monitoring, and prevention and treatment of snubnose pompano in cages at sea.
“This is the first marine fish cage-farming industrial zone in Vietnam with the majority of snubnose pompano recognized to meet VietGAP standards. Farming process uses absolutely no antibiotics; uses 100% industrial feed that leads to low lost rate. Specifically, the rate of live fish usually reaches 76 - 84% from beginning to the end of the farming season lasting 8-10 months ”, introduced by Mr. Pham Duc Phuong, a technical expert of Institute No1.
According to the MARD mission's research, the farm currently has 11 members including 1 farm manager, 2 captains, 3 divers with PADI certification, 4 technical workers and 1 data collection staff. All have been recruited and trained about occupational safety regulations, biosafety, first aid and marine farming techniques.
After more than 7 years of operation, the farm has affirmed the sustainability of science and technology, developed human resource and withstood the storm of over level 12. Especially, from 2018 until now, the farm operates stably with production scale of about 200 tons / crop, fish size of 500-1,000 grams / fish. Currently, 50% of commercial fish production for domestic consumption is also exported to the US and Middle East countries; selling prices ranging from 110-150 thousand VND / kg, profit of 20-30%.
After visiting the farm, Mr.Phung Duc Tien - the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development highly appreciated the Institute No1 in pioneering research and producing marine fish; research, testing and development of standards for industrial-scale marine farming technology; high-tech commercial marine farming for domestic and export markets; consulting and transferring technologies; developing marine farming. The successes of Institute No1 have significantly contributed to the orientation development of marine farming in Vietnam in the future.