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Sturgeon leverages fishery

(BGO)- This spring marks 10 years since Ha Tran Quyen (born in 1984) in Tam Hiep commune, Yen The district, Bac Giang province started farming sturgeon. Although he has a bachelor degree at English, he loves to achieve success with sturgeon culturing ponds. 

 

“Falling in love” sturgeon

I visited Quyen’s sturgeon farm in Dong Thuy village, Hoa Lac commune, Huu Lung district, Lang Son province. This is one part of Cam Son’s fish farm belonging to Bac Giang Fishery Breeding Centre, 1 kilometre from Cam Son Lake.

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Ha Tran Quyen (on the right) exchanges experience with other sturgeon breeder.

From sky-view, the fishponds look like large mirrors sparkling with silvery light. I came there when he and his wife were busy catching fish to sell to customers. Quyen warmly greeted me with a 3-kilo sturgeon in his hands. 

He shared, the price of sturgeon ranges from 180,000 to 230,000 VND (7.8 to 9.9 USD) per kilo depending on the wholesale or retail. The bigger the sturgeon is, the more expensive it is. His farm sells about 8 tonnes of sturgeon and tens of tonnes of normal fishes each year.

He graduated from university in 2007 with an English bachelor degree. While waiting for a good job, he followed his uncle to go to Tay Nguyen (Vietnam’s Central Highlands) to learn how to raise sturgeon. After many years in the career when learning from Russian experts, he has gained a wealth of experience and fell in love with sturgeon since then.

He established Vietnam Bac Giang Sturgeon Company Limited. In 2010, he collaborated with Bac Giang Fishery Breeding Centre to raise sturgeon here. During pursuing the career, he met a girl from Ha Tay province who is also in love with fishery and they got married.

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I have a big hope that the local government and competent agencies will facilitate us and invest to raise more new fish breeds such as paddle fish, murray cod and gold fish to diversify aquatic breeding and raise farmers’ income

Ha Tran Quyen

Quyen’s fish farming pond area is about 2 hectares. Particularly, the sturgeon culturing area was built into an over 2,000-metre square pool with low-level water used to raise other kinds of fish such as carps, tilapia and red tilapia. The pool is covered with black nets to protect from heat.

Inside this pool, he built 60 round cement smaller ponds with diameters from 2 to 4 metre and 1 metre height for sturgeon culturing. The fishponds are connected with the plumbing system taking water from Cam Son Lake continuously running over days and nights. There is a drainpipe in each pond to keep it clean and provide enough oxygen and cold water for sturgeon.

He has invested about 9 billion VND (390,000 USD) to since 2010 to build the pond and plumbing systems and special machines for fish culturing.

Concern about exploiting the big potentials

When taking me around to visit the fish farm, Quyen got water from the ponds to check water smell and colour. His farm often buys breeds from domestic sturgeon farms mainly Siberian sturgeon and hybrid sturgeon (crossbreed between the Russian sturgeon and Siberian sturgeon). The baby fish is 3-day old with the sizes of about 1.5 centimetre sold from 7,000 to 15,000 VND (0.3 to 0.65 USD) per each.

According to Quyen, the most difficulty in sturgeon farming is water resource and environmental temperature. It takes from 7 to 8 years to raise sturgeon for eggs while it takes from 12 to 14 years for native sturgeons to get into breeding period. With current prices, the raiser can earn profit of about 65 million VND (2,800 USD) per each tonne of commodity sturgeon after deducting all expenses, much higher than other kinds of fish.

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Quyen’s sturgeon culturing ponds.

Pointing his fingers to the vast lake, Quyen said, Bac Giang has big potential to develop sturgeon farming in the area of Cam Son lake. However, this job requires high techniques of farmers. Besides, it requires big capital investment and professional technical procedures from pond system, plumbing and water cooling equipment to ensure sustainable development of sturgeon culturing.

“I have a big hope that the local government and competent agencies will facilitate us and invest to raise more new fish breeds such as paddle fish, murray cod and gold fish to diversify aquatic breeding and raise farmers’ income”, said Quyen.

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