|Salmon is a delicacy|
The Ministry of Fisheries has approved a project for a salmon research and breeding center Sa Pa, a district of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai. The capital of the project is over VND8.4 billion (about US$529,000).
Work on the center will start soon so that breeding and commercial salmon can be available for both domestic and overseas markets by 2007.
Mr. Le Thanh Luu, director of Aquaculture Research Institute No1, said the institute has imported 50,000 salmon eggs from Finland with the funding of the Finnish government. At a freshwater fish establishment in Lao Cai Province, 70% of the eggs have hatched into young fish, growing normally and weighing about 1.5 kilos each.
The institute plans to import an additional 110,000 salmon eggs this year. These eggs will be kept for hatching in this province and Yen Bai Province. At the same time, experimental breeding will be conducted in the central provinces of Nghe An, Thua Thien-Hue and the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.
Ideal conditions for salmon breeding are limited to temperatures between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius, and Lao Cai Province meets this requirement.