The Phu Yen Province People's Committee has approved a project to develop offshore seafood exploitation by 2020, with the annual seafood output of 53,000 tonnes.
Under the project, the central coastal province will have 6,200 fishing boats, including 1,700 ships equipped with 90 horsepower engines and logistic ships, most of which will catch tuna.
Besides establishing groups of boats, the province will also support fishermen and businesses in the use of preserving and processing technologies. The aim is to reduce losses and increase seafood economic value.
Tin Tuc (News)
Labourers access loans for training
Working-age people whose land is reclaimed for public works will be provided soft loans to learn vocational skills and do business under the Prime Minister's Decision 63 beginning from February next year.
Under the decision, the Government will also offer VND2-4 million (US$90 - 180) for people who participate in a vocational training course.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Provinces prepare Tet programmes
Many provinces, including Dong Nai, Binh Thuan, Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Ha Nam, have prepared programmes to help workers return home to celebrate the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays.
In Dong Nai Province, which has more than 800,000 workers and 60 per cent of them from other provinces and cities, labour unions at all levels have mobilised bus tickets from enterprise donations for disadvantaged workers to return home in Tet.
The Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province Labour Confederation will present 650 gifts worth VND750,000 (US$34) each to disadvantaged workers and 200 gifts each worth VND300,000 ($13) to workers who do not have conditions to return home for Tet.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Kien Giang fishery resources decline
Fishery resources in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Kien Giang has declined seriously, with the quantity of nearshore catching falling by 70 -100 tonnes a year, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The main cause the increase in the number of fishing boats for nearshore catching where most aquatic species reproduce.
The number of fishing boats increased from more than 7,560 in 2010 to nearly 12,000 last year.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Central region faces severe erosion
One hundred and sixty-four areas, with a total length of more than 170 km in the central region's 865km coast, have eroded over the past two years, the Irrigation Department said at a seminar held in Quang Nam Province's Hoi An City on Sunday.
The Hoi An coastal area is a hotspot, with 200 metres eroded deep inland over the past 10 years, affecting several high-end resorts.
The World Bank has agreed to support the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to solve severe eroded areas in the central region, said Le Tri Thanh, deputy chairman of the People's Committee of Quang Nam Province.
Thanh Nien (Young People)