Vietnam targets over 1.2 mln tonnes of fish in Oct-Mar season hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo:VNA)


The aquatic sector aims to catch over 1.26 million tonnes of fish in the season from this October to March next year, including 1.15 million tonnes of sea fish and 106,000 tonnes of freshwater fish.

The figures were heard at a conference held in the northern province of Thai Binh on October 7 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the provincial People’s Committee to review the fish output during the April-September period and make plans for the October 2015-March 2016 season.

To achieve this goal, the sector should continue restructuring; enhance marine resources conservation; closely supervise the building of fishing vessels, especially those with engine capacities of 90 CV or higher; and improving preservation and fisherman competence, said MARD Deputy Minister Vu Van Tam.

He also asked coastal localities to ensure maritime security and raise fishermen’s awareness of protecting maritime environment and resources while setting up offshore fishing groups to increase productivity.

Total fish output during the April-September season hit more than 1.73 million tonnes, a rise of 5.39 percent compared to the same period last year, including 1.66 tonnes of sea fish.

According to the Fisheries Information Centre, Vietnam has two main fishing seasons – the first from April to September and the other from October to March based on the southwest and northeast monsoons.-VNA