|Fishing boats in Ganh Dau Sea, north-west off Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province. Local fishermen are worried about illegal division of fishing grounds and extortion of money by gangsters. — Photo qag.vn
KIEN GIANG (VNS) — Border guard and relevant agencies in the southern Kien Giang have been asked to co-operate in cracking down on criminals operating on the sea, threatening fishermen and their livelihood.
Provincial People's Committee Chairman Pham Vu Hong asked relevant agencies to take drastic action to reduce crime after local fishermen reported that they were forced to pay money to "gangsters" who would then allow them to fish, particularly in Tho Chu, Phu Quoc and Kien Hai.
Local fisherman Vo Duc Thang, 63, of Kien Hai District, said in late November, four fishing boats approached his boat and forced him to leave the fishing ground.
They threatened to kill him and burn his boat if he continued fishing there or reported to the authorities.
Another fisherman Nguyen Tan Vinh, 53, of An Bien District, was injured during a fight with "strangers" over a fishing ground last December.
Director of the province's Trade and Industry Department Huynh Van Ganh said some people obstructed the work to install a power line to the island's Lai Son Commune and asked the workers for money.
After receiving the reports, the department of agriculture and rural development and other agencies have increased patrolling and control over the sea.
The division of fishing grounds in Kien Giang Province is illegal, but has developed complications, requiring strong action by agencies and authorities. — VNS