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Central region firshermen reel in bigger earnings
February 23, 2013, 08:12 AM
Hundreds of fishing boats in central provinces each hauled in a wealth of dong in the first weeks of February by making use of favourable weather conditions and modern tools to boost offshore fishing.

Nearly 200 fishing boats in Ha Tinh Province’s Cam Xuyen District earned benefits of about VND320 million (US$15,238) each with each boat boasting a capacity of up to 90 V.

Firshermen in Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen provinces reaped even larger bounties of fish.

Nguyen Thanh Hai, an official of Quang Ngai Province’s Hoai Nhon District’s Aquaculture Resource Protection Department said nearly 800 fishing boats of the district went offshore to catch tuna during Tet.

Each caught more than 3 tonnes of the fish, he added.

Le Nam Hai, a fisherman in Quang Ngai Province’s Binh Son District said his fishing boat caught a huge number of fish in Hoang Sa fishing waters. He brought home more than VND600 million ($28,570) from his fruitful journey.

Tran Phuong, a fisherman in Quang Nam Province’s Nui Thanh District, said his 10-member boat earned at least VND500 million ($23,800) after more than two weeks offshore.

Meanwhile, Tran Van Hung, head of the district’s Agriculture Department said fishermen in the district last year caught 31,540 tonnes of fish in total, exceeding targets by 125 per cent.

Hung expected earnings for this year to be much higher after the impressive yields from this first fishing foray.

According to fishermen, the period before and after this Tet brought highly favourable weather conditions. Thus, herds of fish, especially tuna and cod fish, gathered in the country’s offshore fishing grounds.

Meanwhile, each fishing boat caught an average of just under 1.5 tonnes of fish in the same period last year.

Nguyen Giup, chairman of Quang Nam Province’s Nui Thanh District’s People’s Committee said fishermen had also received financial support to improve the capacity of their fishing boats and tools, as well as fuel assistance.

So, more and more boats are capable of going offshore for longer, to reap larger hauls, he said.

Source: (VNS)
Kim Thu
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