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Sand-filled estuary blocks fishing boats

Update: February, 19/2016 - 09:37
Fishermen in Phu Yen Province have been blocked from going out to sea for their first off-shore fishing trip of the Lunar New Year due to low tides and a high sand bar. — Photo radiovietnam.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Fishermen in Phu Yen Province have been blocked from going out to sea for their first off-shore fishing trip of the Lunar New Year due to low tides and a high sand bar.

In the months leading up to Tet (Lunar New Year), Tuy Hoa Fishing Port and Da Dien Estuary in Phu Yen's Tuy Hoa City often fill up each year with hundreds of tonnes of sand caused by floods and bad weather.

To prevent them from being stranded, many fishing boats have to anchor at the upper source of Da Rang River and other ports in nearby provinces.

Phan Thuan, chairman of the Fishing Association in Tuy Hoa city's Ward 6, said that more than 200 fishing boats anchored at Tuy Hoa Port were waiting for the sand to be removed, but local authorities had yet to comment on the matter. Fishermen had to wait until 1pm every day when the tide was high enough before they set off.

"It is extremely miserable," he said.

Only a few boats managed to get out of the port for the first off-shore fishing trip of the year, leaving the rest behind, he said.

This burden on fishermen at the start of the year has become heavier due to a scarcity of tuna and falling prices.

Dang Van Doan, a fisherman in the region, said that only a third of nearly 1,000 fishing vessels were continuing their search for tuna, while the rest had given up.

Nguyen Ngoc Tu, chairman of Tuy Hoa City's People's Committee, told the Nong Thon Ngay Nay (Countryside Today) newspaper that local authorities were looking at measures to temporarily remove the sand.

He said action should be taken to make it easier for fishermen to work. — VNS

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