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Fisherman shortage anchors Phu Yen fishing vessels

Update: February, 13/2014 - 09:29
Hundreds of large ships used for deep-sea fishing in the central province of Phu Yen cannot go fishing due to a shortage of labour.— Photo vovgt

PHU YEN (VNS)— Hundreds of large ships used for deep-sea fishing in the central province of Phu Yen cannot go fishing due to a shortage of labour.

"Tuy Hoa City has a total of 442 ships which exploited 4,700 tonnes of tuna each year, accounting for 85 per cent of the fish production in the province. Of which, there are currently 140 habouring as the city lacks nearly 1,400 fishermen to go out to sea," Nguyen Ngoc Ry, officer from the city Borderguard Station said.

According to Nguyen Trong Tung, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, local fishermen exploited 750 tonnes of tuna since the beginning of the year, much lower than the same period last year.

Low incomes have made many local fishermen quit deep-sea fishing, according to Chairman of the Fishing Association in the city's Ward 6 Phan Thuan.

"Only 30 per cent of ships which exploited 1.3-2 tonnes of tuna each could make a profit worth between dozens of million of dong and over VND100 million (US$952-4,700) in the first tuna fishing trip this year. The rest broke even or made a loss," Thuan said.

Whereas, local fishermen fishing inshore had a bumper crop when each could earn VND120,000 – 200,000 ($5.7 – 9.5) per day.

"Local ship owners tried to find employees in other localities in the province to soon put out to sea," Thuan said. — VNS

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