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Fishermen return after Tet with bumper catch

Update: February, 07/2014 - 09:33
Fishing boats returning to shore after Tet (Lunar New Year) are loaded with fish, with fishermen around the country saying that the catch has been good.— Photo nongnghiepvietnam

HCM CITY (VNS)— Fishing boats returning to shore after Tet (Lunar New Year) are loaded with fish, with fishermen around the country saying that the catch has been good.

Nguyen Ha of Tri Nguyen Island in Nha Trang said his boat left Hon Ro fishing port on February 1 and caught eight tonnes of anchovy within a day.

Dozens of boats returned to Hon Ro on Monday with their holds full of anchovy.

The port management called it a good sign, saying not much anchovy was caught during Tet last year.

Fishermen said calm waters and a surfeit of fish in regular fishing grounds were the reasons for their bumper catch.

On Wednesday dozens of boats from Ha Tinh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Quang Binh provinces returned to a fishing port in Ha Tinh's Loc Ha District to unload their boats which were full of fish.

Nguyen Van Long of Loc Ha District said: "We had a good catch and good fish prices in the first trip after Tet, so we feel more secure about fishing."

Long's boat with 13 men on board earned a profit of more than VND40 million after fishing for five hours near shore on Wednesday.

Between February 1 and 3 more than 60 tuna fishing boats returned to a fishing port in the central province of Phu Yen's Tuy Hoa city.

Most of them had bumper catches and earned profits of more than VND100 million.

This is the time when tuna appear in large schools, local fishermen said.

Nguyen Van Hung said his boat caught 45 yellow-fin tuna weighing a total of more than two tonnes.

With tuna prices at VND145,000 per kilogramme, Hung earned more than VND100 million after all expenses.

Each fisherman on his boat got VND5-10 million, he said.

Tuna fishing boats were at sea for nearly a month and celebrated Tet there.

Phan Thuan, chairman of the city's Ward 6 Fishing Trade Union, said boats that return before Tet normally leave again on the sixth day of the new year.

In other central provinces too, fishermen began their first trip on Wednesday.

In Nghe An Province's Quynh Luu District, hundreds of fishing boats in Tien Thuy commune set sail on that day.

Ho Hoang Nghiep, chairman of the Tien Thuy People's Committee, said on the sixth day local fishermen held a prayer ceremony for their first trip.

Tien Thuy has more than 350 fishing boats and 2,000 fishermen.

"I hope fishermen have a bumper catch on their first trip after Tet to get luck for the whole year," Nghiep added. — VNS

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