Vietnamese farmers harvest shrimp (Illustrative image. Source: VNA)

Khanh Hoa (VNA) –
The People’s Committee of the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa has approved a development plan for the seafood sector for 2025, with a vision towards 2035.

The province aims to develop off-shore fishing to increase the productivity and quality of aquatic products, as well as protect the ecological environment and aquatic resources.

Seafood is expected to make up about 62 percent of the agricultural sector’s revenue by 2035.

The total seafood production value is projected to hit nearly 10 trillion VND (428.8 million USD) by 2025, and increase to 13 trillion VND (557.4 million USD) by 2035.

The province will increase the number of off-shore fishing vessels from the current 1,365 to over 1,780 by 2025, and 2,120 by 2035.

It moves to reduce the aquaculture space by 3,575ha by 2020, a year-on-year decline of 7.3 percent; 3,457ha by 2025; and 2,742ha by 2035, yet boost investment in local infrastructure and application of new technology.

Particularly, the locality plans to restore aquatic resources and release some varieties that are at risk of depletion to Nha Trang, Van Phong, and Cam Ranh bays, as well as Nha Phu and Thuy Trieu lagoons.

The province will build some marine preservation sites in Nam Yet island (Truong Sa district), Binh Ba island (Cam Ranh city), Ran Trao maritime ecosystem conservation site (Van Ninh district), Nha Phu langoon (Ninh Hoa town), Thuy Trieu langoon (Cam Lam district). It will also focus on restoring and protecting the natural habitat of aquatic species in local inland waters.–VNA