Aquaculture, in particular fish farming (mainly catfish) has developed rapidly and became a key economic sector in Can Tho City during recent years. The aquaculture boom began at the end of the 1990s, when farmers in upstream areas of Can Tho started to grow fish, influenced by their peers from neighboring An Giang where the upswing of freshwater aquaculture started a bit earlier.
Figure 1: Can Tho City – Aquaculture Output, 2004. Scale: 1:110.000
Figure 2: Can Tho City – Aquaculture Output, 2007. Scale: 1:110.000
GIS: Reference coordination system: Projection UTM 48 N; Datum WGS 84
The maps illustrate the annual output from aquaculture at the district level within Can Tho City.
The most important map attributes such as class values and reference scale are tabulated in the map frame.
In only 7 years, the aquaculture output of Can Tho City has increased by 1000 percent, from 15 thousand tons in 2000 up to 150 thousand tons in 2007. In 2007, Can Tho City’s total aquaculture output accounted for 10 percent of the Mekong Delta’s entire output and therefore Can Tho is among the top 5 provinces in the delta. Today, the center of aquaculture production of Can Tho City is located in the upstream districts of Vinh Thanh, Thot Not, O Mon and Co Do where freshwater for catfish farming is abundant all year round due to a dense network of rivers and canals and access to the Hau River (Bassac).