10:21:20 PM | 20/10/2011
The southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau owns many favourable natural conditions for marine economic development. The province has a 305-km coastline and a diversified sea resource with an annual aquatic output of around 250,000 tonnes. To continue exploring the strength, the 5th provincial Party Congress in the 2010-2015 put forward the target of “Focusing on marine economic strength, building Ba Ria-Vung Tau into an industrial province and seaport cenntre by 2015.”
Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province is one of the biggest fisheries centres. The fishery sector has utilised resources, water surface and other advantages to develop all three areas of seafood exploitation, aquaculture and seafood processing, making a considerable contribution to the locality’s economic growth. Since the province was set up, the aquaculture sector has obtained an annual growth rate of 7.78 percent, becoming one of three localities topping the country in terms of seafood exploitation, aquaculture and seafood processing.
In the area of aquatic exploitation, the province has paid attention to investing and upgrading ships, particularly those with big capacity, for off-shore catching. The exploitation technique has been also improved with many new models in teams and ship fleet in order to reduce production costs and protect the environment.
Besides, the aquaculture has made progress, moving from extensive model into intensive one. With an area of water surface of 7,852ha, the province’s annual seafood output is estimated at nearly 19,000 tonnes, focusing in industrial shrimp hatching areas in the districts of Dat Do, Xuyen Moc, Tan Thanh and Ba Ria Town. A number of farms for breed fish and other kinds have been formed to serve exports, including pearl, sweet snail and grouper in Con Dao and fresh water fish areas in Ba Ria Town and the districts of Long Dien, Dat Do and Xuyen Moc.
Marine economy has boosted the development of fishery logistic services and seafood processing and export. To date, the province has 169 aquatic processors, with 42 out of 54 for exports presented with the Standard Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and having an annual total output of 250,000 tonnes. Among those, 28 factories are granted with certificates to export to the EU and most of the rest are qualified to enter the US, South Korea, Japan and Russia. Last year, the province’s total seafood export reached over 91,000 tonnes, bringing in roughly USD225 million.
Ba Ria-Vung Tau has continued mobilising capital, technology and labourers from different economic sectors to sea-born economic development. It has rearranged the fishery sector, particularly off-shore catching, in combination with territorial water protection, aiming to early establish an aquatic processing area by 2015 to move all factories in residential areas to.
The locality has encouraged investment in aquatic processing with modern technology to make high-quality products for exports; reforming processing technology under the Standard HACCP, ISO 9.000; restricting license of fish flour processing plants. Adjustment in aquatic development planning will be paid attention to, giving priority to key products, including sugpo pawn, different kinds of fish and oyster. The province will also enhance the production of artificial varieties to ensure the growing demand in both quality and quantify.