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4 October 2016

Vietnamese Aquaculture – Rapid growth of a booming micro-economy

Just like in many Asian countries, aquaculture in Vietnam is a booming micro-economy.

With almost half of the country’s seafood production coming from fresh water, brackish water and marine aquaculture and no longer from fishery, the industry has grown into one of the most important sources of revenue for the local population.

Photo: Danny Willems

Bringing Revenue to People

The rapid growth the aquaculture sector has achieved during the last two decades has been the direct result of diversifying farming practices and adapting to the production of exportable species. The local production of shrimp and catfish, but also of commercially interesting new species such as grouper and barramundi, is done on an increasingly professional level – showing great promise in both the domestic and export market.

Aquaculture produces food for millions of people. But in the first place, it is a livelihood for farmers and their families. By optimizing local farmer’s productivity, we have a tangible impact on their daily reality.

Rudi Bijnens

Regional Sales Director, Asia, Benchmark Advanced Animal Nutrition

Need for Optimisation

By developing balanced feed and health formulas and educating local farmers in their proper use, we can offer them the reassurance of feeding solutions with proven results. We show our clients that a reduction in both health risks and feed costs can be achieved by using more expensive but higher performing products and solutions that yield higher survival rates through larger and more robust fish fry. Working alongside these local farmers and guiding them to adopt feeding practices which result in an optimised yield provides a solid base for their business.

Viet Uc, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

One of the best-known growth stories in Vietnamese aquaculture is shrimp producing company Viet Uc. The business, run by entrepreneur Van Thanh Luong, has set up the world’s largest shrimp hatchery producing 15 billion of postlarvae annually.

Mastering the hatchery stage has been the first step towards achieving better grow-out results. If you want to build tall, you have to start by laying a solid foundation.

Mr. Van Thanh Luong


Applying best practice hatchery management principles – controlling conditions from start to finish – to the nursery and grow-out stages, Viet-Uc is investing in large-scale intensive farming capacity without compromising the shrimps’ health or conditions. Covered and aerated ponds combined with on-site water treatment and waste management make it possible to bring all environmental aspects under control.

Adopting game-changing technologies in feed formulation such as complete fishmeal replacement, Viet-Uc is a pioneer and innovator in the field of sustainable shrimp production.

Viet Uc Group's shrimp hatchery near Bac Lieu, Vietnam

Economies of Scale

15 Billion PL

The Viet Uc Group has set up the world’s largest shrimp hatchery near Bac Lieu, Vietnam, which produces approximately 15 billion postlarvae per year.

3,000 M2

The growout stage has been intensified in ponds of 3,000 to 3,500 square metres each. Stocking densities range from 400 to 900 postlarvae per square meter.


Covering its ponds with industrial green-houses, Viet Uc controls a constant water temperature of 31oC during the hot season. Daily fluctuations are kept under 1.5oC.

Viet Uc & INVE Aquaculture

Viet Uc’s approach of large-scale farming has demonstrated it is possible to have higher densities, increased harvest volumes and produce better and cleaner shrimp. Through pioneering new farming systems, the company wants to show that adequate investment and better management can result in better products, higher market prices and an improved image for Vietnam’s shrimp products.

Benchmark’s Advanced Animal Nutrition division works closely with Viet Uc’s hatchery and farm management to optimise operations and protocols.