Seafood News

  • According to Undercurrent News, Vietnam’s vannamei prices are expected to gradually increase over the next few weeks as supplies become tight before the main harvests begin from April and May, 2022. Earlier in the second half of 2021, Processing plants had to buy vannamei shrimp at high prices, peaking in the final weeks of the year. The Shrimp processing factories in Mekong Delta provinces are increasing recruitment of workers and expanding production after Lunar New Year.
  • Around 15 Vietnam’s leading fishery suppliers will be attending the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, from the 13th to 15th of March, 2022 after two years of cancellation by the Covid19 pandemic.
  • After the long Lunar New Year holiday, many seafood manufacturing enterprises in Vietnam have resumed business and the workforce has reached 80-90%. The overall picture of the seafood industry at the beginning of the year is positive, although the ocean freight cost are still at high level.
  • Notably, in 2021, shellfish exports to the EU market skyrocketed 37% to $87 million, mainly because clam exports increased by 42% to $78 million. Clams have become the fourth largest seafood species with export value to the EU market. In which, clam exports to the three largest markets, Spain, Italy and Portugal, all grew by 38-44%.
  • Vietnam’s tuna exports to the EU in 2021 were nearly equivalent to 2020, reaching US$144 million, up 6 %. However, tuna exports to countries in the bloc have changed and most notably to the French market. Tuna exports to France in 2021 increased by nearly 103% compared to 2020, reaching more than 3 million USD.
  • According to VASEP, in 2021 Ecuador’s shrimp exports reached a record with a turnover of 5 billion USD thanks to strong growth in the US and EU markets. In 2022, Ecuador continues to focus on value-added products and peeled shrimp to boost exports to these two markets.

Covid-19 situation:

Vietnam Nationwide

  • The Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has just proposed that the central government fully reopen international tourism on March 15, instead of March 31 as previously suggested, after nearly two years of closure due to COVID-19 impacts.
  • In its latest proposition, the Health ministry suggested that international visitors be required to have health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment at a minimum of US$20,000. They must get fully vaccinated for COVID-19, with the second dose administered at least 14 days and no longer than 12 months before their entry date, or have certificates of recovery from COVID-19 within six months prior to their time of entry. In addition, they would be required to have a negative RT-PCR/RT-LAMP test certificate within 72 hours of departure.
  • Vietnam, with its population is around 98 million people, has given 79,216,176 first COVID-19 vaccine doses to people nationwide, while the numbers of second and third shots were 74,742,958 and 32,041,993, respectively, the Ministry of Health reported.
  • Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Albert Bourla was committed to speeding up the supply of COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 in Vietnam during his phone talks with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
  • There were about 153,000 foreign passengers flew from/to Vietnam from the time the country launched a pilot program to resume international flights in January to February 14, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Wednesday, quoting the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City

  • The number of new COVID-19 infections in Ho Chi Minh City bounced back as the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday ended and is expected to continue rising in the coming days, but the number of seriously ill patients and deaths will decline thanks to gradual improvements to the treatment capacity.
  • More than one million kindergarteners, elementary students, and sixth graders in Ho Chi Minh City started returning to in-person classes on February 14 morning after nine months of remote learning.
  • Ho Chi Minh City authorities will disband the largest COVID-19 resuscitation center established last year at the second branch of the Oncology Hospital in Thu Duc City as the number of critically-ill coronavirus patients has neared zero.

Hanoi

  • The Hanoi government is requesting all districts to collect records of local residents at high risk of contracting Covid-19 and give them vaccine booster shots as soon as possible. The Covid19 cases in the capital city still remains high, with nearly 3,000 infections per day, the highest in the country.
  • Authorities in Hanoi have decided to resume the operation of 121 bus routes without any limitations to their capacity as all locales in the capital are now at either low or medium risk of COVID-19 transmission.
  • Relic sites in Hanoi have been allowed to welcome back visitors following a long period of temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Khanh Hoa (Nha Trang)

  • After being affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, currently, the recruitment demand of enterprises in Khanh Hoa province has increased. Therefore, the province authority strengthens solutions to connect workers with businesses.
  • On February 17, Khanh Hoa province recorded 484 new cases in the province. Accordingly, Nha Trang has 201 cases, Ninh Hoa town 72 cases, Van Ninh district 27 cases, Dien Khanh district 56 cases, Cam Ranh city 51 cases, Khanh Vinh district 5 cases, Khanh Son district 7 cases, Cam Lam district 62 cases. Of the new cases, 100 were recorded in the community.
  • On February 16, the whole province injected 9,542 doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Up to now, the number of people aged 18 and over in the province who have received the first and second doses of Covid-19 vaccine has reached more than 100%, and the third dose has reached nearly 77%.

Da Nang

  • Many highly practical policies to support businesses have been timely issued and effectively implemented by the national and municipal/ provincial administration, thereby helping restore production and business activities amidst the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Under the guiding document of the Da Nang Department of Education, schools are allowed to resume in-person teaching from February 21. The schools are urgently cleaning up after a long pause of operation owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The resumption of international flights, the reopening of tourist attractions and the development of new products are key measures designed to help Da Nang’s tourism sector recover from two years of pandemic misery.

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