|A patrol boat of Quảng Bình Province (left) inspects a fishing vessel suspected of violating seafood harvesting in May 2017. — VNA/VNS Photo Đức Thọ|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG BÌNH — The People’s Committee of Quảng Bình Province on Monday requested concerned agencies to apply strict measures to prevent the overexploitation of seafood in the coastal waters of the province.
The committee requested the province’s agricultural department, fisheries branch and sea border guards to collaborate to identify fishing trawlers that deliberately overexploited seafood resources.
“These agencies are to provide consultation to the province’s authorities to regulate specific penalties for these trawlers,” reads an official order sent by the committee to the agencies.
“The province will establish a hotline number to receive reports from localities and fishermen in terms of violations in seafood harvesting, especially overfishing,” it reads. “Localities are to further inform residents and raise awareness of protecting and sustaining coastal aquatic resources.”
The coastal aquatic resources of the province have been damaged by excessive trawling activities, raising concerns among residents.
Most of the fishing trawlers come from other provinces in the central region, such as Quảng Ngãi, Quảng Nam and Bình Định.
Some 100 cases of seafood harvesting violations have been discovered in the province since the beginning of this year. They were fined hundreds of millions of đồng. — VNS