The Mekong Delta province of Bến Tre plans to increase its aquaculture areas to 47,000 ha with an annual output of 300,000 tonnes in the 2018-20 period.
Of the figure, 40,200 ha will be saltwater and brackish water aquaculture areas and the remaining freshwater aquaculture, under a new fishery development plan to 2030. The province also targets expanding its aquaculture area to 50,000 ha in the 2021-30 period.
Nguyễn Hữu Lập, deputy chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the province would restructure breeding methods and kinds of aquatic species to suit the province’s natural conditions and adapt to climate change.
The province will focus on advanced farming techniques for aquaculture to increase yield and quality. In freshwater areas, the province will stabilise its pangasius farming area and breed other traditional fresh water fish species to increase income for local households.
In saltwater and brackish water areas, the province will continue developing the farming of key aquatic species like white-legged shrimp, black-tiger shrimp, bivalve molluscs and brackish water fish.The province will set up concentrated aquaculture areas that breed aquatic species under Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) for exports.
The province has more than 46,500 ha of aquaculture, including 11,500 ha of semi-intensive and intensive shrimp farming, according to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. It has concentrated farming areas for white-legged shrimp and black-tiger shrimp in the coastal districts of Ba Tri, Bình Đại and Thạnh Phú.
It also has 39 establishments that produce aquatic species fries or breed aquatic species, on a total area of 8,120ha under high quality standards like VietGAP, GlobalGAP, Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards. Bùi Văn Lâm, director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the province targets having 10 percent of intensive shrimp farming areas to be bred under GAP standards or equivalent standards. Many seafood co-operatives in the province are operating successfully.