QUANG NINH (VNS) — Local authorities on Thursday seized three fishing boats whose owners were caught using compressed-air vessels in this northern province's Co To District.
Arrested on suspicion of illegal fishing were Tran Van Ngai, Tran Dinh Cuong and Pham Van Huy. The suspects, all residents of Cam Linh Commune on Cam Xuyen District in central Ha Tinh Province, failed to produce documents confirming they were authorised to use compressed-air vessels.
The use of compressed-air vessels in fishing has been banned for its negative impact on the marine environment and the health risks it poses to scuba divers. — VNS