Fishermen transport tuna in Khanh Hoa province, central Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Ngoc
Tuna exports to South Korea rose 2.5 times year on year to more than $7 million in the first seven months, according to the Vietnam Seafood Exporters and Producers Association.
Vietnamese tuna, Nha Trang Bay and Phat Trien Seafood were the top three exporters, accounting for 64% of total shipments.
Exports of canned tuna jumped 468%.
VASEP said declining fishing catches in South Korea and growing demand for canned products amid tight spending have boosted demand for Vietnamese products.
Vietnam was the eighth biggest exporter of tuna to the country in the first half of this year, but the biggest seller of canned tuna, accounting for almost 77% of all imports.