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Fisherman opt for makeshift canal over costly fishing port

Update: November, 29/2013 - 08:56

Tien Chau Fishing Port.

PHU YEN (VNS) — Head of the fishing port Tran Sau has said local fishing vessels prefer to use small canals for handling fish and maintenance over Tien Chau Fishing Port.

The port, located in Tuy An District of central coastal Phu Yen Province, was designed to receive around 300 fishing vessels with a total of 6,000-10,000 tonnes of fish per day.

Located near the small canal, daily deliveries to the port have dropped to a mere 200 tonnes of fish per year, only 3.3 per cent of the facility's total capacity, he said.

This trend has rendered the port a wasteful infrastructure project, he added.

Pham Quang Quam, a local fisherman who spoke with Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper, explained the depth of the 1.6-km stream, which leads fishing vessels to the port, was so low that it was too difficult to enter.

The dock of the port was also 2-3 metres higher than the broadside of fishing vessels, he said, adding that alluvial sendiment had caused the low sea levels.

Fishermen are not finding it hard to load or unload fish, he said.

A lack of fishing-related logistical services at the port, including sorting and processing facilities, was one of the major reasons why fishing vessels were ignoring the port, he said.

Meanwhile, the small canal now frequented by fishing vessels, run by several local dealers, was being used by fishermen to sort and preserve their fish, he said.

The port submitted to the People's Committee of the district to finance a fisheries logistics service to lure more fishing vessels, but no feedback has been received, he said. Sau also added that an inspection team from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development had visited the port earlier this month.

The Tien Chau Port, worth VND27.9 billion (US$1.3 million), was funded by State budget and put into use in July 2006. — VNS

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