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Poor weather, fight against IUU fishing hit fishery output

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Output of Vietnam’s fishery industry in the year to date has been affected by adverse weather conditions and the intensified combat against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Total fishery production has reached nearly 8.5 million tons, up by a modest 2.2% versus the same period last year, a report of the General Statistics Office said today, November 29.

Breaking down the figures, fish production exceeded six million tons, a 1.7% year-on-year increase, while shrimp production surged by 5.2% to 1.2 million tons.

Output of other fishery products has totaled 1.2 million tons, up by 1.8%. In November alone, more than 836,000 tons of seafood has been produced, up by 3.2% year-on-year.

However, a combination of unfavorable weather conditions, declining marine resources, and rising fuel costs has contributed to a 0.4% decline in marine catches for the month.

In contrast, aquaculture production has grown by a 5.2% over the same period last year to 550,600 tons. This increase is driven by fish production, which has reached 368,100 tons (up 4.2%), and shrimp production, which has surged by 7.8% to 121,400 tons.

The report highlighted a significant rise in farmed tra fish (pangasius) harvest in November, increasing by 4.5% year-on-year to 177,300 tons.

Technological advancements in shrimp farming, including the adoption of super-intensive shrimp farming models, have played a role in boosting overall production. Whiteleg shrimp production has expanded by 9% to 88,600 tons, while black tiger shrimp production has risen by 3.8% to 24,700 tons.

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