Fishing production in the first eleven months of this year reached 2.8 million tons, an increase of 2 per cent compared to the same period last year. Of this figure, marine fishing was estimated at 2.6 million tons, up over 2 per cent and inland fishing gained 1.75 million tons, equivalent to the same period last year.
By the end of November 2016, tuna fishing production of the 3 central provinces was estimated at 16 thousand tons. Of which, tuna fishing production in Binh Dinh province was estimated at over 8 thousand tons, Khanh Hoa province and Phu Yen province’s tuna fishing yield were 3.8 thousand tons and more than 3.9 thousand tons, respectively.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the weather on the fishing grounds this year was not favorable for fishing activities. However, with fishermen’s experience in offshore fishing, the tuna fishing boats’ fishing operation in Central and the South still be effective.
At the time of the South fishing season, most of the fishing boats spent most of time at sea until the end of season, thus the tuna fishing yield saw a slight rose.
Regarding aquaculture, the Ministry estimated that farming production in the first 11 months of this year was 3.32 million tons, increase by 2 per cent compared to the same period last year. In November alone, aquaculture production gained 306 thousand tons, increased by 4 per cent compared to the same period last year.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the demand for raw materials for processing in November is usually intended to increase serve for the export markets on the occasion of Christmas and New Year. Therefore, seafood production and prices tend to rise.
Output of tra fish and shrimp production in the Mekong Delta provinces in the first 11 months rose by 2% compared to the same period last year. In particular, tra fish production was estimated at 1.1 million tons, increased by about 2 per cent. Accordingly, aquaculture production in some provinces also increased slightly such as Dong Thap (up 6 per cent), Can Tho (up 8 per cent) and Ben Tre (up 6 per cent).
Currently, fish farmers are actively harvesting to meet the needs of the import market in the year-end. Tra fish yield also rose while raw material prices were higher compared to the previous month.
Blackish water shrimp
Similarly, farmed shrimp production in the 11 months of this year increased by more than 2 per cent with black tiger shrimp production estimated at 232 thousand tons, and white legged shrimp at 211 thousand tons.
In the first eleven months of this year, brackish water shrimp farming situation was quite favorable due to less volatile weather. As a result, the shrimp farming area infected disease reduced, shrimp yields rose slightly and shrimp prices were stable.
According to the Mekong Delta provinces’ reports, black tiger shrimp farming area was estimated at 566,349 ha, up 1.4 per cent. This brought about the production of 232,044 tons, an increase of 2.3 per cent compared to the same period last year. Also, white legged shrimp farming area was estimated at 65,948 ha, up 2.9 per cent year on year, bringing about yield of 210,815 tons, an increase of 2.2 per cent compared to the same period last year.