|Crew onboard 3 ships are arrested by local authorities for fishing using illegal electric rods. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Hoàng|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Border police of northern Hạ Long Province’s Hòn Gai port border gate on Thursday discovered three ships and arrested those onboard for illegal fishing.
The sailors of the ships, all from the province’s Quảng Yên Commune, were caught storing and using electric fishing tools to catch fish in Hạ Long Bay.
Earlier on Tuesday, police of the province’s Cô Tô Island District arrested four ships for illegally exploiting seafood in the water areas of Đồng Tiến Commune. They seized a 300m plastic pipe with electric wires, four sets of converters used to generate high-voltage electricity from batteries and eight self-modified electric guns used to catch fish.
Local authorities fined the fishermen in line with current regulations and informed them about the importance of protecting maritime resources.
Fishing using particular electric tools is prohibited in the country as it endangers users and reduces the number of fish. High-voltage electricity kills fish before the fishermen can harvest the fish using a net. — VNS