Northern Areas Face Dilemmas10 May 2007
HA NOI – Coastal and lowland provinces in northern Viet Nam are planning to boost sustainable development of aquaculture, but must tackle hurdles such as limited investment in aquaculture infrastructure and poor planning in the sector.
|A view of a fish farm on Phat Co Island in Quang Ninh Province. Coastal and lowland provinces in northern Viet Nam are planning to boost the sustainable development of aquaculture. —VNA File Photo|
Director of the Fisheries Economic and Planning Institute Nguyen Chu Hoi said the 13 northern coastal and lowland provinces were part of plans to develop the aquaculture sector due to their favourable conditions for aquaculture development.
These include mangrove forests and coastal areas suited to aquaculture. This geographic advantage has created bodies of salt, brackish and fresh water with a total aquaculture area of 280,505ha.
In addition, the Hong (Red) and Thai Binh rivers bring 120 million tonnes of alluvial soil to the East Sea each year, creating alluvial grounds that expand by between 30 to 70m each year, and which are prime areas for aquaculture.
Hoi said the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf was especially suited to developing fisheries, which will supply seafood for both domestic consumption and export markets.
While the northern provinces have seen expansion of local aquaculture production in recent years, the sector’s further development is hindered by several problems.