In recent years, the shrimp farmers have applied extensive and improved extensive farming model for white leg shrimp but there was not any researches, studies on the risks and impacts of the model on the shrimp farming industry as well as aquaculture in general.

The study team was working with Bac Lieu Agriculture and Rural Development Department

Based on the need, The Directorate of Fisheries (D-FISH) – Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development proposed the plan to implement the survey on the effectiveness of raising white leg shrimp in extensive and improved extensive model in Bac Lieu, Ca Mau and Kien Giang province, the survey lasted from November 27 to December 08 2016. The multi-stakeholders survey team was formed quickly including representatives from D-FISH, ICAFIS, Vietnam Institute of Fisheries Economics and Planning (VIFEP), Research Institute for Aquaculture No. 2 (RIA2), WWF Vietnam, Southern Center of Agriculture – Rural Policy and strategy (SCAP), Agriculture and Rural Development Departments, Fisheries Departments, Agriculture Extension Centers in Bac Lieu, Ca Mau and Kien Giang province.


Mr. Tran Dinh Luan – the Vice Chairman of D-FISH and survey team were working in Bac Lieu province

White leg shrimp was introduced in Vietnam since 2001 at the experimental level, in 2006, white leg shrimp was allowed to raise from Quang Binh to Binh Thuan province. In 2008, recognizing the big demand for white leg shrimp from local market, meanwhile black tiger shrimp raising was facing the strong competition and disease out breaking hence Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has allowed raising white leg shrimp in the Southern part of Vietnam “Directive No. 228/CT-BNN_NTTS) but only allow to raise white leg shrimp in Intensive and semi-intensive farm to avoid the negative impacts on local species and disease out breaking risk for shrimp raising industry.

The survey team was working with shrimp farmers

In recent years, as the negative effects of global climate change, salt water instruction and drought as well as difficulties in black tiger shrimp raising, a lot of extensive/improved extensive shrimp farmers have raise white leg shrimp or raise white leg shrimp and black tiger shrimp at rotation. According the aquaculture specialists, the model has lots of risks such as disease out-breaking, negative impacts on local environment, species…. a lot of questions raised had not been answered.

Asking opinions from shrimp farmers

The objective of the survey is: (i) study the situation of shrimp raising in Bac Lieu, Ca Mau and Kien Giang province, (ii) evaluate the effectiveness of white leg shrimp raising in Extensive/improved extensive models and propose recommendations for sustainable shrimp farming.

The survey team studied the reports, policies and the condition of white leg shrimp raising and interviewed representatives from local Fisheries Department, shrimp farmers and took shrimp sample in the three provinces.

Taking shrimp samples

After completing survey on field, the survey team will analyze data, synthesize and report on the status of raising white leg shrimp in Extensive and improved extensive model and propose recommendations for Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to guide Vietnam Shrimp industry to develop more sustainably.

Thế Diễn - ICAFIS


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