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Fishermen complain of estuary blockage

Update: January, 16/2016 - 08:45
Hundreds of fishermen in central Thua Thien Hue Province's Loc Vinh Commune petitioned provincial authorities for help, after more than 100 fishing boats become blocked due to a newly-built estuary. — Photo doisongphapluat.com

THUA THIEN HUE (VNS) — Hundreds of fishermen in central Thua Thien Hue Province's Loc Vinh Commune petitioned provincial authorities for help, after more than 100 fishing boats become blocked due to a newly-built estuary.

The fishermen claimed the Lach Giang Estuary, which became blocked by silt, has caused difficulties for local fishing boats seeking to sail in and out of the estuary.

Earlier this month, two motorboats carrying fishermen from Loc Vinh Commune's Binh An 2 Village became stranded in the estuary. The boats were then struck by strong waves and quickly capsized, throwing ten fishermen into the sea.

While no fishermen were injured, the boats were heavily damaged.

Due to the build-up of silt in the estuary, accidents have been reported, such as losing control of boats and propellers being broken.

According to local fishermen, such accidents have repeatedly occurred since the management board of Chan May-Lang Co Economic Zone invested in a 2-kilometre road, which connected the economic zone to Chan May Port.

The construction unit filled in part of Chu Moi Estuary, where local fishing boats anchored as they sailed in and out. The estuary also provided shelter for boats during the storm season.

When Chu Moi Estuary became too narrow for boats to sail on it, a new, artificial estuary was built. However, Lach Giang Estuary, located in the east, was affected by coastal tides and built without embankments. This has caused the estuary to suffer from serious sedimentation in only a short time.

After last year's storm season, the situation became worse, blocking many vessels.

Since then, Loc Vinh Commune's People's Committee has asked the management board of Chan May-Lang Co Economic Zone to build an embankment and dredge the estuary to assure the continuous flow of water.

It has also reported to provincial authorities about the situation. However, none of the complaints have yet to receive replies.

Nguyen Que, head of the management board, told Tien Phong (Vanguards) newspaper that the company had asked an enterprise to evaluate the level of sedimentation and propose measures to resolve the problem. — VNS

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