Cultured shrimp in Vietnam
Home to some of the biggest seafood companies worldwide, like Minh Phu Seafood Corporation, Quoc Viet, Stapimex and Camimex, Vietnam is one of the largest shrimp producers in the world with a production of 683,000 tonnes in 2017. Its shrimp sector is very diverse, ranging from organic mangrove Penaeus monodon (black tiger shrimp) to small size Litopenaeus vannamei (whiteleg shrimp) from super intensive farms. The Mekong Delta is the most important farming area, accounting for nearly 80% of overall shrimp production and being home of all the top five contributing provinces Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Ben Tre and Kien Giang. Besides production, Vietnam is also an important processing hub, and imports large volumes of head-on shell-on (HOSO) products from Ecuador and India that are processed into many different value added products before being re-exported.
Vietnam remains an attractive source for shrimp products thanks to many years of experience in production and processing, its excellent infrastructure (between hatcheries, farms and factories), high production outputs and food safety standards, skilled workforce and other favorable factors such as the upcoming Free Trade Agreement with the EU.
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