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Breakthrough in marine economic development Part 2: Getting rich from the sea

In order to exploit the potential and advantages of the coastal province, Thai Binh has focused on directing the well implementation of policies to support fishermen in aquaculture, fishing, developing ship repair services, and removing capital difficulties to build new offshore ships; at the same time, do well the management of boats, protect the safety of fishermen at sea, help and fishermen stick with the profession as a non-stop flow.


High-tech shrimp farming in Thai Thuy District.

Coming to Dong Hoang Commune (Tien Hai) and asking Mr. Nguyen Dinh Thuong, almost everyone knows that he is a good aquaculture farmer with the largest scale in the region with over 2 ha of shrimp ponds and 70 ha of clam culture.

Mr. Thuong said: Currently, my family's commercial volume of clams and shrimp is only enough to sell to Hanoi and Thai Binh markets. In addition, to meet the export processing needs of enterprises in Tien Hai District, my family continues to invest in equipment, hire more engineers, expand the area of ​​aquaculture towards clean livestock and ensure environmental hygiene to meet the increasing demand of the market for clean food. After deducting expenses, my family's annual income from clam and white shrimp farming is over VND 2 billion, creating jobs for 70 workers with an income of VND 6 - 8 million/month.

With the goal of developing offshore fishing, Thai Binh focuses on implementing the Government's mechanisms and policies on supporting fishermen to build new boats. The province currently has 778 fishing boats with a total capacity of 122,299CV, including 227 fishing boats with the largest length L ≥ 15m, equipped with ICOM communication machines; 31 offshore fishing teams are formed for fleets of offshore and inshore areas, improving the efficiency of fishing. Actively implement solutions to remove the "yellow card" of the European Commission on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; Up to now, 680/778 fishing boats have been registered (reaching 87.4%), 93.6% of boats have installed cruise monitoring equipment; localities are strengthening the apparatus, supplementing and improving the capacity of fishing port managers, and organizing training courses on new regulations of the Law on Fisheries 2017.

For Mr. Dao Dinh Hung, from Diem Dien Town (Thai Thuy), since investing capital to build a new ship, he has grown to get rich from the sea.

Mr. Hung shared: Thanks to the supported loans and accumulated capital from my family, I invested in building a new ship with a capacity of over 300CV worth more than VND 4 billion. Since upgrading modern fishing facilities, changing fishing nets, and providing more modern equipment, the fishing output has been quite high. My family’s ship mainly exploit offshore in the seas of Hai Phong, Nam Dinh and Thanh Hoa. Each sea trip is about 3 - 6 days. After  deducting expenses, my family’s income is from VND 30 - 50 million/month. 7 workers on the boat have an average income of more than VND 10 million/person/month. My family has a good life as today thanks to the attention and active support of the State in terms of capital. The trips to sea are difficult, but the sea gives fishermen a full life, and many families rise to get rich from the sea.

In 2020, fishing output reached 91,520 tons (up 32.6% compared to 2016); production value reached VND 1,394 billion (up 31.1% compared to 2016). The results achieved in the field of fishing have contributed to improving the production value of the seafood industry in the province, and at the same time promoting the seafood processing industry to increase export output at home and abroad. The province currently has over 108 seafood processing and preliminary processing establishments operating under the model of households and 8 seafood processing enterprises. Production facilities has applied science and technology to production of many seafood products in coastal localities to improve quality, perfect designs, diversify products towards building commercial brand, becoming a provincial OCOP product.

Clam processing at Thai Binh Shellfish Company Limited, Tien Hai.

Typically Thai Binh Shellfish Company Limited (Tien Hai) in general difficult conditions due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Company has taken advantage of all advantages to maintain production, from the beginning of the year until now, on average, nearly 10 tons of commercial clams are processed daily for export. The main export markets are the US, Japan, Australia and some European countries. In addition to actively developing material areas eligible for fishing, exploitation and processing of the Company and being granted a code of traceability, the Company also boldly invests in innovation of production lines, processing technology, standardization of production processes to meet domestic and international criteria and standards. It is expected that in 2021, Thai Binh Shellfish Company Limited will reach an output of 8,000 tons, with an export turnover of about US$6 million.



Mr. Do Van Trinh, Vice Chairman of People's Committee of Tien Hai District


Up to now, the aquaculture area of ​​Tien Hai District has reached more than 5,000 hectares, making a positive contribution to the Agriculture industry, accounting for 60% of the total production value, helping the Agriculture sector to accelerate structural transformation, develop the scale of production areas, and achieve annual growth of 7% or more. In order to develop fisheries sustainably, the district and other agencies of the province implement the planning, in which are gradually implementing a high-tech aquaculture zone with an area of more than 300 hectares in Nam Hung, Nam Thinh and Nam Phu Communes. In the coming time, the district will attract enterprises to invest and implement the model in a sustainable way, ensuring seafood products for domestic consumption and export.



Mr. Hoang Minh Giang, Director of Sub-Department of Fisheries

In order to develop aquaculture to create a number of competitive key products in the market, over the past time, the seafood industry has focused on restructuring the aquaculture sector in terms of both products and forms of production. In which, focusing on expanding the farming scale and area; renewing and diversifying farming species, determining which are the main farming objects bringing high economic efficiency; at the same time, strengthening the application of scientific advances and new technical processes to production in order to improve productivity, output and production efficiency per unit area, creating aquatic products with economic value to meet market demand.

Mr. Nguyen Van Lang, Diem Dien Town, Thai Thuy District

In recent years, fishermen in Thai Thuy District have invested in offshore fishing facilities. Currently, seafood products are only exploited for their material value without paying attention to brand and cultural values. Therefore, in order for the seafood caught by fishermen to be consumed along the production chain, I hope that the authorities at all levels will pay more attention to the fisheries sector and have solutions to encourage enterprises to invest in building seafood processing factories. At the same time, the State needs to support vocational training for fishermen along with creating conditions for credit capital so that fishermen like us can expand investment in machinery and equipment, expand production activities in the direction of building a local seafood brand, contributing to creating sustainable values for fishing activities in the province.

(to be continued) 










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