Hanoi (VNA) – The northeastern province of Quang Ninh boasts numerous advantages to develop sea-based economic sectors, including aquaculture and fishing, and it is now applying itself to tapping those potentials.
Quang Ninh has a coastline of more than 250 kilometres and over 2,000 islands, which account for two-thirds of the total number in Vietnam.
Over the past years, the local aquaculture and fishing sector have reeled in substantial outcomes, thereby considerably contributing to poverty elimination.
The province posted a total fishery output of more than 103,000 tonnes in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 5.3 percent, including over 57,000 tonnes of netted products. About 51,000 tonnes were fished from January to October of 2016.
To develop the fishery industry and capitalise on favourable natural conditions, Quang Ninh has paid heed to expanding intensive, semi-intensive and industrial aquaculture. It has strongly shifted from farming households to farming cooperatives and businesses, forming concentrated aquaculture areas.
Aside from aquaculture, fishing activities have also developed rapidly. While the number of fishing boats working near the coast is decreasing, there are more and more boats with high capacity operating offshore, approximating 400 vehicles at present.
Many fishery trade unions have been established such as those in Van Don and Hai Ha districts and Quang Yen township.
Quang Ninh has set targets for fishery development until 2020, with a vision to 2030. Accordingly, by 2020, the total fishery output is expected to reach 135,000 tonnes, and the fishery sector’s value is hoped to increase by more than 11 percent each year, making up 60 – 65 percent of the local agro-forestry-fishery sector’s GDP.
The province expects the fishery industry to contribute more than 3 percent to its total GDP, gain aquatic export revenue of over 100 million USD, and create jobs for about 62,000 local people in the next few years.
To these ends, the provincial People’s Committee has ordered its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to boost the industry-oriented development the local fishery sector.
Localities were asked to expand their aquaculture areas to more than 18,500 hectares by 2020. They were also tasked with building around 300 offshore fishing boats, developing aquatic farming instead of inshore fishing, and facilitating logistics services, tourism and environmentally friendly fishing activities.
Quang Ninh also plans to optimise existing fishing ports, wharfs and storm shelter areas while building new ones, thereby forming a system of fishing logistics services facilities associated with support industries so as to promote the fisheries industry’s growth and effectiveness./.