Of them, 415 have met standards for exports to Japan, the US, Europe and other markets.

In addition, there are some 3,000 small-scale establishments at traditional trade villages.

Processing frozen shrimp for export. Photo for illustration

Aqua product processing has become a spearhead sector which boasts a large production volume and takes the lead in international integration, said the Directorate.

Vietnamese aqua products have made their appearance in 176 markets across the globe.

Furthermore, local processors are striving to boost domestic production and consumption as exports are hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnam earned USD 790 million from exporting aquatic products in May, lifting the total figure in the first five months of this year to nearly USD 3.3 billion, a year-on-year rise of 14 percent.

Source: VNA