In order to realize the goals set out in 2022, the Vietnamese fish sector will focus on developing effective aquaculture of key aquatic species and aquatic species with high economic value, and efficient fishing, sustainability and application of scientific and technological advances, especially in the field of processing and preserving caught fishery products, reported the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The Party Committee of the General Department of Fisheries of Vietnam held the online conference ‘Summing up the work in 2021, key tasks and solutions in 2022’, to evaluate the achieved results and propose solutions to perform tasks to achieve the political goals set out in 2022. Attending the conference, there were representatives of the Executive Committee of the Party Committee of the General Department of Fisheries, leaders of the General Department of Fisheries, and members of the Party cells of the Party Committee of the General Department.
The authorities will continue to gradually reduce fishing output, increase aquaculture output and strongly implement solutions to increase product value.
According to the online newspaper of the Communist Party of Vietnam, in 2022, the seafood industry will have many favorable factors for development. In which, the world economy is expected to grow again after the vaccination strategy for the whole population is implemented. In addition, there are advantages from taking advantage of the incentives of the CPTTP and EVFTA Agreements.
“At the same time, programs, schemes and plans to implement the objectives and solutions of the Vietnamese Fisheries Development Strategy have been implemented synchronously and consistently from central to local levels; difficulties and inadequacies in legal regulations are reviewed, amended and supplemented accordingly.“
However, the aquatic industry still faces many difficulties and challenges. The COVID-19 epidemic situation is still complicated with the appearance of new strains, they assured. “The trade between countries is still difficult with the shipping fee not reduced. The weather is complicated by climate change and the shortage of water supply for the Mekong Delta. Along with that is the increasing requirements of food safety and hygiene and traceability of the import markets, the EC’s yellow card has not been removed, the labor in mining is lacking in quantity and unsatisfactory. required for quality,” they added.
1.3 million hectares of basic aquaculture area
Against this background, the Fisheries sector has set a goal to strive for the basic aquaculture area to remain stable as in 2021 with a total area of about 1.3 million hectares, of which freshwater farming area is 380 thousand hectares (pangasius 5.7 thousand ha), the area of salt and brackish farming is 920 thousand ha (branch water shrimp 737 thousand ha).
Total fishery production is about 8.73 million tons, of which catches are about 3.78 million tons and aquaculture production is about 4.95 million tons.
Focus on developing key audiences
In 2022, strive for the output of pangasius to reach 1.6 million tons, brackish water shrimp to reach 950 thousand tons (of which: black tiger shrimp 275 thousand tons, whiteleg shrimp 675 thousand tons). Seafood export turnover strives to reach about 8.9 billion USD.
To achieve the above goals, the fisheries sector will focus on solutions to remove difficulties and effectively implement the “National Action Plan for the development of Vietnam’s shrimp industry to 2025”, the “Master Plan” developing Vietnam’s brackish water shrimp industry until 2030″, “Project on linking production of high quality 3-level pangasius seed in the Mekong Delta”…
Continue to direct the development of effective farming of key species and aquatic species with economic value. Take advantage of the potential of the water surface, develop aquaculture on reservoirs and saltwater intrusion areas newly formed by climate change that cannot continue agricultural production; forming linkage chains, ensuring food quality and safety. Especially promote aquaculture in the sea. Applying advanced science and technology to create quality, value-added products to meet the needs of domestic and international markets.
The Directorate of Fisheries closely follows the situation, weather developments and information on aquatic resources to give timely instructions. As a good management of fishing quotas; and mobilizing boats to produce suitable occupations for efficient and sustainable exploitation.
At the same time, directing localities to guide fishermen to organize fishing in the form of teams, increase time to stick to the sea, save travel costs, and improve fishing efficiency. Coordinate with research units, promote the application of scientific and technological advances in processing and preserving exploited aquatic products to improve product value.
Other goals for 2022 are to continue to promote training, propaganda and dissemination of the law related to fishing activities, guide the use of electronic fishing logs and catch reports to trace the origin of aquatic products. , inspecting, monitoring and issuing certificates and certifications of caught fishery products.
Also, to continue to promote bilateral cooperation with countries that have signed memorandums of cooperation (such as: Japan, Thailand, the Philippines); maintaining and implementing negotiation activities; implementing signed agreements with countries in the region and internationally in cooperation in aquaculture, fishing, seafood processing and aquatic resource conservation activities; and focus on effectively implementing free trade agreements, ensuring export targets, towards sustainable seafood development.