From Saigno Daily: Vietnam sees great potential in puffer fish exports
The Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Development on November 28 sent a document to the
Prime Minister asking permission for extension of a pilot project to
export puffer fish (ca noc).
The increasing demand for
Vietnamese puffer fish in the Republic of Korea, Japan, Taiwan and
mainland China is opening up great potential for Vietnam’s seafood
industry, said the Seafood Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and
After two years of
implementation of the pilot project to catch, process and export puffer
fish to the above countries, the participating provinces like Khanh Hoa
and Phu Yen in the central region and Kien Giang in the Mekong Delta,
have reached a deal with South Korea to export more than 70 tons of
Fishery experts said the shipment is expected to open up a new prospect for the country’s seafood exports.
Vietnam has around 40
species of puffer fish with estimated stocks of 37,287 tons and the
annual puffer fish output from the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang
alone is between 6,000-10,000 tons.
Currently, demand for
puffer fish is very huge in South Korea, resulting in the ministry’s
request to extend the pilot project until 2015. In addition, the
ministry has asked the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau to join in
Future targets for each
province entail that they buy around 500-1,200 tons of puffer fish and
export 200-500 tons of finished product to South Korea.