|Fertiliser is loaded onto a cargo ship docked at a port in Ca Mau. Provincial authorities plan to build more fishing ports to allow more boats to enter waterways, helping to promote the fisheries sector. — VNA/VNS Photo Ha Thai
HCM CITY (VNS) — Ca Mau Province plans to dredge several estuaries and build fishing ports to allow more boats to enter the waterways.
Mai Huu Chinh, director of the province's Department of Planning and Investment, said it would develop its fishery sector in two places, the Song Doc estuary in Song Doc Town and Khanh Hoi estuary in U Minh District.
Chinh said that more than VND20 billion (US$950,000) would be used for dredging and building ports and embankments at the two estuaries.
Song Doc and Khanh Hoi, the two largest estuaries in Ca Mau, have a fishing boat fleet of 3,000 and 1,200, respectively. The fishing boats at the two estuaries catch about 100,000 tonnes of fish a year.
Many large fishing boats at the Khanh Hoi estuary cannot sell their fish at Khanh Hoi as they cannot travel through the shallow bed of the estuary, which is silted up.
They have to travel to other estuaries to sell fish, costing more in transport fuel and affecting Khanh Hoi's economic development.
Nguyen Hoan Son, owner of the Hoan Son fish trading establishment at Khanh Hoi, said most large fishing boats had to travel to Song Doc or other estuaries to sell fish.
"We buy fish mostly from small fishing boats which do not have a large quantity or many kinds of fish," he said.
Lam Van Phu, deputy chairman of the Song Doc Town People's Committee, said funds in the past had been used to build infrastructure at Song Doc estuary, including a boat docking area and fishing port, but it was now overloaded during busy times when many boats return to the area.
As Song Doc estuary has not been upgraded for a long time, its port is now in ruins.
The southernmost province of Ca Mau, with a coastal line of 254km, has more than 4,600 commercial fishing boats. — VNS