|Kien Giang soldiers regularly patrol the sea.This year's Sea and Island Week, themed "Blue Ocean, Green Planet", aims at highlighting Viet Nam's historical sovereignty over its seas and islands. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Sen
QUANG NGAI (VNS) — A meeting was held in Quang Ngai Province yesterday to mark World Oceans Day and the Viet Nam Sea and Island Week, and advocate the preservation and sustainable use of natural resources.
This year's Sea and Island Week takes the theme "Blue Ocean, Green Planet", which is also aimed at highlighting Viet Nam's historical sovereignty over its seas and islands and its resolve to safeguard sovereignty.
At the event, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Chu Pham Ngoc Hien said to develop sustainably amidst the complicated situation in the East Sea, Viet Nam needed to protect its national sovereignty and interests, and oppose all violations of its sovereign right and jurisdiction at sea.
Marine economic activities should also be developed to transform Viet Nam into a strong and wealthy sea-based country, he added, noting the importance of international co-operation in this field.
Vice Chairman of the Quang Ngai People's Committee Le Quang Thich said 400 years ago, the province was the base of the Hoang Sa flotilla set up by the Nguyen Dynasty to exercise control over the Truong Sa (Paracel) and Hoang Sa (Spratly) archipelagos. The flotilla regularly sailed to the islands to erect sovereignty markers, exploit marine resources, build temples and draw maps of the waters.
Many historical and cultural relics related to the flotilla are still preserved on Ly Son Island.
Quang Ngai would strive to protect the coastal and marine environment and develop its maritime economy, helping to safeguard national sovereignty and interests, he added.
The Viet Nam Sea and Island Week in Quang Ngai will include a wide range of activities, such as releasing fish fry into the sea, a cycling parade, a beach cleanup and a conference to promote investment in local marine economic activities. — VNS