|More than 1.53 million tonnes of fish and other aquatic species have been caught, exceeding the season target by 4.2 per cent.— Photo fistenet
HCM CITY (VNS) — The April - September fishing season has seen a higher volume of catch this year despite inclement weather, according to the Directorate of Fisheries.
More than 1.53 million tonnes of fish and other aquatic species have been caught, exceeding the season target by 4.2 per cent.
During this period, catches from the sea rose by 5 per cent against the same period last year, while those from inland waters fell by 18.8 per cent.
Provinces that showed an increase include Binh Thuan, Nghe An and Quang Binh in the central region and Thai Binh and Ninh Binh in the north.
Provinces that did not meet targets were the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces of Bac Lieu and Tien Giang and the central provinces of Ninh Thuan and Quang Nam.
Speaking at a meeting on Monday in southern Kien Giang Province, Dao Hong Duc, head of the directorate's Department of Fisheries and Resources Protection, said the volume was higher because more fishing boats were working in groups.
In addition, new advanced fishing methods and updated forecasting about fishing grounds had helped fishermen.
Nguyen Huu Hao, deputy director of the Binh Dinh Province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said many fishing boats that once caught cuttle fish and other kind of fish had switched to tuna. Each boat trip yields about two tonnes of tuna.
In the other major fishing season from November to March, the country targets a catch of 1.17 million tonnes of fish and other aquatic species.
Vu Van Tam, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said provinces should develop fishery resources and offer more support policies for fishermen.
Tam said Viet Nam would work with neighbouring countries and ask them to allow Vietnamese fishermen to fish in their waters.
In August, eight fishing boats from the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Kien Giang were granted licences to fish in Indonesian waters for the first time.
The licences were granted by the Directorate of Fisheries under an agreement with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.
Tran Chi Vien, deputy director of Kien Giang Province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said Kien Giang was one of the first Vietnamese provinces to promote fishing in Indonesian waters.
After the first fishing trip on August 30, eight boats hauled in a large catch after 10 days. Every two fishing boats earned a profit of VND400 million (US$19,000), he added. — VNS