DA NANG — Fishermen in Da Nang City's Thanh Khe District have scored a harvest of 1,000 tonnes so far this year, 30 per cent up against the same period last year, according to the district Farmers' Association.
|Fishing vessels catching fish in central Da Nang Province. Fishermen in the city are worrying about their situation due to the petrol price hike earlier this month despite a prosperous start to the year. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngo Lich
The catch earned them a total net profit of VND40 billion (US$1.8 million); a promising start to the season.
The district fleet of 55 trawlers, manned by around 500 fishermen, plans to harvest a total 5,800 tonnes of fish this year.
"Favourable weather conditions in the early months of the year have helped us a lot," said Association Chairman, Le Nguyen Khanh.
Around 90 per cent of the total catch, including tuna, mackerel and grouper, has been exported.
Khanh added that, thanks to the stable price of fish, fishermen earned at least $750 from their first trip of the year.
According to a recent Department of Aquatic Products report, city fishermen harvested nearly 6,000 tonnes of fish in the first two months of the year, an increase of 2,000 tonnes compared to last year.
Le Thi Hue, owner of a newly built trawler, said her vessel caught 7 tonnes of tuna during its first trip last month, equivalent to VND350 million ($16,000).
"The catch was still modest in comparison with the boat's 50-tonne load capacity," Hue said.
Despite a prosperous start to the year, fishermen remain anxious about their financial situation due to the petrol price hike earlier this month.
The figure for each litre of gasoline rose by VND2,100 while that of diesel (the main fuel used by fishing boats) rose from VND20,400 to VND21,400.
This means vessel owners have to pay between VND5 million and VND7 million extra for every voyage lasting around 15 days.
The city has reserved a fund to financially aid fishing vessels four times in a year since 2010, Khanh explained.
"The Farmers' Association also plans to build eight new boats in the third quarter of this year to help improve productivity," he added, saying the city has yet developed a purchase and logistics service to assist fishermen prolong their trips out to sea. — VNS