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Đồng Nai fish hunters flock to hydropower dam

Update: September, 05/2017 - 23:00
A resident catches a 0.5-metre shark catfish.
Viet Nam News

ĐỒNG NAI — Hundreds of residents living near the Trị An hydropower plant in the southern province of Đồng Nai went to the dam to catch fish right after the plant closed its spillway on Tuesday morning.

At 10am, the plant dammed up its water following eight consecutive days of release. As water near the dam started to recede, nearby residents used nets, small canoes and even the electric shock method to catch big fish, many of which weighed up to 8kg.

Trần Hoài Lương, a resident in Vĩnh An Town, said fishermen have lower chances of catching fish than those who use electric shock.

Electric shock particularly helps to catch cá tra (catfish), weighing almost 9kg each, he said.

Unfavourable practices to catch fish such as electro-fishing have resulted in declining numbers of fish in nature. Although it is illegal and banned by the Government, electro-fishing still occurs in Việt Nam.

Due to heavy rain in the southern provinces last week, on August 29, the Trị An hydropower plant opened one spillway to release water. — VNS




Hunters have to climb on rocks to move to the middle of the dam to catch fish. Local authorities have warned catchers to be careful when moving in the water because of its many rocks.
Big fish caught in dam water. - VNA/VNS Photos Công Phong

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