Northern region holds major aquaculture potential: conference

Participants in the conference visit a cage fish farm on the Lo River in Tuyen Quang province (Photo: VNA)

Tuyen Quang (VNA) – Northern provinces hold considerable
aquaculture potential which remains untapped, according to a conference held in
Tuyen Quang province on June 16.

The northern region boasts rich natural
resources along with a dense river network and a number of big hydropower
reservoirs like Thac Ba, Son La and Tuyen Quang, which can serve as aquaculture
grounds, according to the Directorate of Fisheries.

The current aquaculture area has just reached
one-third of the potential in the region. It covered more than 200,000 ha in
2016, including over 157,000 ha of freshwater species and 47,300 ha of
saltwater and brackish water species.

It generated more than 800,000 tonnes of farmed products
in 2016.

The directorate said the remaining potential
area for aquaculture is big, about over 454,000ha. Notably, hundreds of
thousands of hectares of water surface in lakes and hydropower and irrigation
reservoirs in mountainous provinces are a favourable condition for fish
farming.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural
Development Vu Van Tam asked localities to adjust their aquaculture plans to
local potential, natural conditions and socio-economic development
orientations. 

They should enhance the management of the fry
quality while facilitating production under cooperative groups, cooperatives
and aquaculture clubs to improve efficiency and cut production costs.

Aside from harvesting, localities also need to
preserve and recover natural aquatic resources, especially rare species with
high economic value, he said, adding that it is important to protect the
environment for aquaculture. 

At the conference, participants discussed
solutions to address obstacles to and expand aquaculture in the northern region
such as developing personnel, tightening management, surveying the market,
building new farming processes, producing vaccines for indigenous fish species,
and issuing support policies.-VNA



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