Off-shore fishing operations to focus on resource sustainability

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Off-shore fishing operations to focus on resource sustainability

Viet Nam would focus on off-shore fishing activities till 2020 to ensure the sustainable development of the sea ecosystem and fisheries resources, said Nguyen Qui Duong, deputy director of Centre of Fisheries Planning and Development yesterday.

Offshore fishing in central Phu Yen Province. Over US$95 million would be channelled into a plan to promote off-shore fishing activities till 2020. — VNA/VNS Photo The Lap

He said more than VND2 trillion (US$95 million) would be channelled into the plan initially.

Specifically, fishermen would get financial assistance to improve the capacity of their vessels and apply new technologies for their off-shore fisheries resources exploitation activities.

To the year 2020, it was expected to have 25,000 vessels with a capacity of more than 90CV and 12,500 vessels with capacity of under 20CV.

Besides, a database system of off-shore fisheries resources would be set up and forecasts of fishing grounds would be delivered to fishermen to raise their effectiveness in catching high-value fisheries resources such as codfish, tuna and cuttlefish which had a large demand from markets of Europe, Japan and China.

He said anchorage areas would be improved and human resources in management networks of fishing activities at all levels would also be supplemented.

All this was to stop using explosives to catch fish and reduce shallow-water fishing activities to protect baby fish and favourable seawater areas where fish laid their eggs.

Nguyen Ngoc Oai, head of the Department of Fisheries and Resources Protection, said post-harvest fish technology should get investment to raise the effectiveness of off-shore fishing activities.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Development Vu Van Tam said fisheries resources were decreasing so these measures were a good move to ensure sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources.

He said raising fishermen's awareness of the depletion of fisheries resources was also necessary because they played an important role in protecting the resources. — VNS

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