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Vietnam: Time to tap ocean aquaculture potential September 12,2019   |  Source: Vietnam News

Việt Nam has a huge potential for ocean aquaculture but the lack of a proper development plan, preferential policies and application of high technology has hindered its development. The country has great potential for mariculture thanks to its long coastline, relatively large Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and diverse water bodies embracing lagoons and bays, according to experts.

Ocean aquaculture has become a global trend due to its huge potential and increasing demand for seafood. The world population keeps growing, leading to increasing consumer demand for seafood, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

An estimated additional 19 million tonnes of seafood are needed by 2030 worldwide in comparison with 2015. By 2050, the world would need an amount of animal proteins that is 1.7 times higher than today, according to the FAO. Chairman of the Vietnam Seaculture Association Nguyễn Hữu Dũng said mariculture is assessed to be more efficient in terms of economy and environment than raising animals on land. Ocean aquaculture has a lower Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) and inflicts less harm on the environment, he said.

Cultivation of seaweed at sea can help feed the growing world population as proteins from seaweed can be utilised

Theme(s): Freshwater ecosystems and threats, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Communities and Organisations, Fisheries Resources, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Others, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Landing Centres.

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