Bến Tre province focuses on sustainable aquaculture and fisheries development
VIETNAM, July 12 –
HCM CITY – Bến Tre province in the Mekong Delta will develop its fisheries with emphasis on processing, upgrading and deeper integration into global value chains, according to its people’s committee.
A plan it has drawn up for this purpose foresees that the maritime economy will represent 30% of its economy by 2030.
The goal by 2030 is to increase production by 17.4% per year.
The export value proportion of value-added processed seafood products averaged over 40%, including 50% shrimp, 20% pangasius, 50% clams and 40% other aquatic products.
The main fish products of the province are black tiger prawns, whiteleg prawns, clams, giant river prawns and tra fish.
Nguyễn Trúc Sơn, vice chairman of the People’s Committee, said that to achieve the goals, more investments will be made in the infrastructure of aquaculture areas in three coastal districts that use advanced techniques.
Models that help adapt to climate change would be expanded, he said.
Emphasis would also be placed on the use of advanced techniques for fishing, processing and preserving seafood that has high value and demand, he said.
The province has 11 seafood processing plants with an annual production of 72,000 tons, mainly frozen products tra fish, clams and prawns.
The aquaculture area has increased rapidly in recent years, the main products being marine shrimp, tra fish and clam.
The province will emphasize aquaculture models that use state-of-the-art techniques and are biologically safe and environmentally friendly.
Its Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said aquaculture would be developed efficiently and sustainably with a diverse range of creatures reared using methods appropriate to each locality.
The Department of Agriculture said the province will proactively shift from traditional farming methods to state-of-the-art methods, adopt good agricultural practices and traceability of origin, and ensure biosecurity and environmental protection. .
This year, it aims to develop at least 500 ha of high-tech farms for brackishwater shrimp farming, bringing the total to 2,500 ha, he said.
The People’s Committee unveiled a plan to have 4,000 ha of high-tech shrimp farms by 2025, 2,500 ha in Bình Đại, 1,500 ha in Thạnh Phú and 500 ha in Ba Tri.
Some companies have started high-tech shrimp farming in the three coastal districts while the province is investing in high-tech farming infrastructure there.
Authorities are also revising aquaculture zoning, developing high-tech aquaculture zones, and developing efficient farming models like two-stage shrimp farming.
All intensive farming areas raising key aquatic species will adhere to Vietnam Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) or other standards such as GlobalGAP and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).
The province plans to set up five or six new seafood processing plants, including two to three for shrimp. It will develop a marine economic industrial park in Thạnh Phú district.
It will also develop linkages between small fisheries breeding establishments to create large breeding areas and also link them to businesses to secure input supply and customers for their crops.
Along with aquaculture, it will also develop deep-sea fishing and reorganize its fishing fleet to exploit marine resources sustainably.
The number of coastal fishing vessels will increase from 4,680 to 3,528 by 2030.
Nguyễn Văn Buội, deputy director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said coastal fishing and overexploitation of seafood stocks would be reduced.
Once the number of fishing boats is regulated, fishermen who lose their livelihoods will be helped to change jobs, he said.
By 2030, the province will also implement programs and advocacy projects to regulate the exploitation and ensure the protection of fishery resources.
It plans to establish community models to make fishing sustainable.
It will organize its fishing boats into fleets for better management, categorizing them into under 12 meters, between 12 and 15 meters and over 15 meters.
In March last year, the province began installing black boxes in offshore fishing vessels that are at least 15 meters in length to locate them at all times.
Almost all of the 1,962 offshore boats have already installed the box, including all over 24 meters in length.
The province has set up 160 offshore fishing groups comprising 2,043 boats, allowing them to stay longer at sea and increase their catches.
The province, which has a 65 kilometer coastline, has strengths in aquaculture, fishing and seafood processing, and has exploited its marine economy well in recent years. –VNS