January a Boon for Vietnamese Fishermen


Neil Ray, SeafoodSource contributing editor, reporting from Bangkok

Published on
February 11, 2009

Despite tough economic times, fishermen in central and southern Vietnam have never had catches quite like the ones they’ve seen recently.

Working off the coastal provinces of Phu Yen, Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai and Bac Lieu, Vietnamese fishermen have been pulling in record amounts of tuna, shrimp and mackerel.

Last month’s output of 195,00 metric tons of fish was up 1.5 percent from last year. From the central port of Tho Quang, vessel owner Huyn Lahn reported a catch of 1.5 metric tons of tuna in one night — his biggest catch in 15 years.

Much of the increased catches have come from a government funding program allowing fishermen to buy or build new vessels. Chu Tien Vinh, director of the Aquatic Resources Exploitation and Protection Department, attributed the progress to this initiative and said there were plans to help not only small- to medium-sized operations but also larger ones.

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