|The bumper catch from Truong Sa and Hoang Sa on a ship that is docked in the Sa Ky habour in Quang Ngai Province. — Photo of tuoitre.vn
QUANG NGAI (VNS) — Fishermen from the central Quang Ngai Province returned ashore with big batches of fish caught during recent trips to the ocean near Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos.
Nguyen Van Hoi, a fisherman from the province's island district of Ly Son, was quoted by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper as saying that his vessel was able to catch 10 tonnes of fish, mainly tuna, during a 20-day trip.
Hoi said good weather conditions in the ocean near Truong Sa had helped him net a bumper batch.
Other ships returning from the Hoa\ng Sa sea zone also reported the same, adding that each fisherman had earned around VND10 million (US$469) for their Tet (Lunar New Year) needs.
The deputy head of the province's Binh Chau Commune, which is home to many offshore-fishing ships, said local fishermen planned to cut the Tet holiday short for trips to the archipelagos in the new lunar year.
In the adjacent Binh Dinh Province, 2,200 ships are still expanding their fishing output in the ocean near Truong Sa and Hoang Sa during the Tet, by fishing for tuna and squid.
A total of 15,000 fishermen will welcome the new lunar year at sea. — VNS