Fishery output hits 1.6 million tones in H1

Vietnam’s fishery output in the first half of this year reached 1.6 million tonnes, up 4.8 percent against the same period last year (Source: VNA)


 

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s fishery output
in the first half of this year reached 1.6 million tonnes, up 4.8 percent
against the same period last year and fulfilling 54.8 percent of the yearly
target. 

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development attributed the high output to favourable weather conditions during
the January-June period. 

Of the figure, offshore catch exceeded 1.55
million tonnes, a year-on-year rise of 5 percent while the output caught in
inland rivers and lakes was 85,000 tonnes, up 1.2 percent over the
corresponding time last year. 

The good weather also made it easier for tuna
fishing in the central provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa, which
brought ashore an estimated 13,026 tonnes, an increase of 21.8 percent
year-on-year. Tuna prices at ports ranged between 60,000 VND and 96,000 VND per
kilo.

Meanwhile, farm fish output reached 1.69 million
tonnes in the reviewed time, rising 6.7 percent year on year, and accounting
for 43.3 percent of the annual plan, the ministry said.

Tra fish output hit 583,503 tonnes, equivalent
to the number recorded in the same period last year and 50.7 percent of the
target set for the whole year although tra fish farming area in the Mekong
Delta decreased 16 percent to an estimated 3,076 ha.

During the reviewed period, brackish shrimp
farms also produced 216,811 tonnes, up 14.7 percent year-on-year and completing
32.9 percent of the yearly target, on an area of 639,761 ha, an increase of 5.5
percent. 

White-leg shrimp farming area expanded by 32.6
percent to 57,680 ha which produced 107,662 tonnes, up 30.8 percent. Meanwhile,
with an area of 582,080 ha, up 3.4 percent year-on-year, the output of tiger
prawn was 109,149 tonnes, a rise of 2.2 percent.

In the first six months of this year, aquatic
products worth 3.5 billion USD have been shipped abroad since the beginning of
this year, predominantly to the US, Japan, China and the RoK, marking a 14.1
percent rise.-VNA



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