President of the Vietnam Fisheries Society Nguyen Viet Thang speaks at the press conference. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Vietnam Fisheries Society and Vietnam Fisheries Magazine held a press conference on March 31 to launch the voting for the best aquatic products of Vietnam.

The title has been given twice in five years since 2009, honouring 100 units and individuals each time, said Nguyen Viet Thang, President of the Vietnam Fisheries Society. After three times, thousands of businesses, collectives and people have applied for the competition.

Its criteria cover economic and social benefits, technology application in production, along with resources and environment protection.

According to the organising board, the award aims to boost the quality of aquatic products as well as the use of technology in production, thus raising the fisheries sector's competitiveness.

The aquatic sector has contributed a large sum of foreign currency to Vietnam, from 285.4 billion USD in 1991 to about seven USD currently. It has become the strategic export of the country.

Besides, the sector also generates jobs in numerous fields, such as aquatic farming, fishing, processing and logistics, benefitting the economic development of localities.-VNA