Farmers harvest cultivated shrimp (Photo: VNA)

Bac Lieu (VNA) –The People’s Committee of Bac Lieu province has approved a plan to restructure the local fisheries sector, aiming to increase the average annual per capita income in the sector to 92.3 million VND (4,100 USD) by 2020, up 1.4 times against last year.

Black-tiger shrimp, white-legged shrimp and sea crabs are the province’s key aquatic species.

The Mekong Delta province plans to breed blue-legged spawn, dragon fish, marble goby, clams, oysters and other aquatic species.

Models of farming aquatic species meeting global and Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) standards will be expanded.

Under the plan, the Mekong Delta province will have an annual aquaculture output of 370,000 tonnes, including 147,000 tonnes of shrimp by 2020.

The area devoted to breeding brackish-water shrimp will increase from 127,450 ha last year to more than 131,750 by 2020.

The plan also targets an increase in the number of fishing boats from 1,264 last year to 1,450, including 650 off-shore ones, by 2020.

Bac Lieu will gradually reduce catching fish near shore and develop off-shore fishing, targeting a catch of 120,000 tonnes of fish and other aquatic species by 2020.

The province plans to develop fishing logistics services on sea and at fishing ports, and use advanced techniques in fishing and storage in order to reduce post-harvest losses in fishing from the current 20 per cent to 10 per cent by 2020.

Storm shelters, including Cai Cung, Nha Mat and Ganh Hao, will be built for fishing boats.

The plan will cost more than 6.4 trillion VND (290 million USD) from the Government budget, provincial budget and other sources.-VNA