Insiders suggest solutions for sustainable marine development

Reducing exploitation of seafood, increasing offshore aquaculture are considered solutions to balance human demand with sustainable development of marine environment.
Pacific oyster floating cages in Nai Lagoon in Ninh Thuan Province’s Ninh Hai District. (Photo: VNA)
Developing marine aquaculture and expanding large-scale aquaculture are considered solutions for Vietnam' sustainable marine development and high-quality seafood. Pacific oyster floating cages in Nai Lagoon in Ninh Thuan Province’s Ninh Hai District. (Photo: VNA)

Insiders said that developing marine aquaculture and expanding large-scale aquaculture towards exports will increase the quality, value of Vietnam's seafood.

Recently, the Prime Minister issued Decision No. 1664/QD-TTg approving a project on marine aquaculture development to 2030, with a vision to 2045.

According to Mr. Tran Cong Khoi, deputy head of the Directorate of Fisheries’ aquaculture department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Vietnam is plagued by improper planning, underdeveloped infrastructure, diseases, and natural disasters.

He said that at the moment, only a few enterprises invest in industrial marine aquaculture models since they require a lot of resources. The fisheries sector is working with organisations, units, and individuals to help coastal fishermen develop aquaculture at sea. In his opinion, it is necessary to develop large-scale standardised farming areas to turn out products meeting standards for export.

At the moment, many community-based aquaculture models have been developed and proven effective. Mr. Khoi added that the sector is collaborating with several companies to implement such models in Phu Yen, Binh Dinh, Ca Mau, and Kien Giang provinces.

For her part, Nguyen Thi Hai Binh, general director of STP Group JSC., said the agricultural sector should build planning for offshore aquaculture linked with tourism development to maximise the potential.

According to MARD’s Minister Le Minh Hoan, marine aquaculture is one of the solutions to reduce exploitation and conflicts in the process of protecting fisheries resources to develop a sustainable fisheries industry.

He stressed that businesses, cooperatives, and farmers need to join hands in promoting sustainable marine exploitation and conservation, aiming to effectively and sustainably exploit resources for the marine farming industry.

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(source: VNA)