30 May CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SECTOR
Vietnam has more than 600,000 hectares of shrimp farming with two main species of black tiger shrimp and whiteleg shrimp.
Vietnam is the leading producer of black tiger shrimp in the world with a production of 300,000 tons per year. This is the traditional species in many past years while whiteleg shrimp has been cultivated in different provinces in the country since 2008.
Farming areas are concentrated in Mekong Delta provinces. Top 5 provinces having largest shrimp farming area include Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Ben Tre and Kien Giang.
The shrimp industry is taking its advantages and makes efforts to control the whole production chain from hatcheries – farms – to finished products under global certifications such as ASC, GlobalGAP, BAP…
Vietnam shrimps are consumed in 155 markets in the world thanks to the high quality and social responsibility ensurance. Shrimp exports of the country reach US$ 3.5 – 4 billion annually and shrimp is the top seafood exported by the country.