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Central region fishermen reel in profits

Update: September, 25/2015 - 10:50
Fishermen transport fish to the market in Ly Son Island, Quang Ngai Province. Fishermen in the central region have earned high incomes in recent weeks from unusually large catches of fish netted at least seven to dozens of nautical miles offshore. — Photo baoquangngai.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — Fishermen in the central region have earned high incomes in recent weeks from unusually large catches of fish netted at least seven to dozens of nautical miles offshore.

In Quang Ngai Province, fishermen earned nearly VND100 million (US$4,700) a night from catches of pelagic fish, which live neither close to the sea bottom nor near the shore. These include anchovies, white-spotted spinefoot fish, hairtail fish and small kinds of tuna.

Pham Van Men in Quang Ngai Province's Binh Son District said he had caught about 70 tonnes of white-spotted spinefoot each night, earning an average profit of VND30 million ($1,400) per trip.

"Over the past 10 days, I've had a bumper catch of white-spotted spinefoot. The fish sold well and has a stable price," he said.

Similarly, many fishing boats in Binh Son District's Binh Chau Commune have caught four to six tonnes of fish on each 3-5 day fishing trip.

Nguyen Ngoc Hung, deputy chairman of the Binh Chau Commune People's Committee, said fishing boats could earn an average profit of VND100 million ($4,700) from one trip.

"It has been a long time that fishermen have had such a big catch," he said.

In Quang Ngai's Ly Son Island District, large quantities of small-type tuna and mackerel have been caught.

Duong Thi Hau, a resident of Ly Son, said her husband's boat caught 300-500 kilos of small tuna a night over the past few days.

"We seldom catch this many tuna at this time of the year," she said.

In Binh Thuan, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces, hairtail fish and anchovies have appeared in large quantities, possibly due to changes in ocean currents caused by weather patterns.

The Hon Ro Fishing Port in Khanh Hoa Province's Nha Trang City has also been busy as fishing boats have returned with an average of 1 tonne of anchovies each, caught 7-10 nautical miles from shore each night.

Fisherman Nguyen Van Bay in Phuoc Dong Commune said the peak time for anchovy fishing was September and October.

Nguyen Trung Hieu, head of the Hon Ro Fishing Port's management board, said most anchovies sold at the port had been caught in Phu Yen, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces.

Anchovies are sold to fish-sauce producers and traders. — VNS

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