|Dried fillets of the giant sea catfish. — Illustrative image
THUA THIEN - HUE (VNS) — A family of fishermen in central Thua Thien - Hue Province has caught a huge batch of giant sea catfish (Arius thalassinus Ruppell), worth around US$184,000.
Earlier this week, the father and son team, Nguyen Kiem and Nguyen Luan, discovered the fish in the Chan May Gulf, which borders part of the province's Phu Loc District. They used 14 fishing boats to net and hold 70 tonnes of the fish.
It took the family three days to sell all of it to wholesale traders for dried fillets, a seafood specialty in southern Viet Nam.
The catch earned a total revenue of some VND4 billion. It also set a record for the largest and highest value fishing catch in the area.
According to experts, the fish approach the shore at this time of year to breed, so the entire school of fish is in danger of being netted.
Even though the bumper harvest delighted local fishermen, experts have warned that overfishing the area in this manner will deplete its marine resources and destroy the fishery industry here. — VNS