Fishermen need to band together

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat spoke about a proposal to form fishing fleets into more efficient groupings.

Does the ministry have policies about the development of groups of fishing boats in coastal provinces?

The ministry encourages fishermen to join fishing groups so that they can support each other in coping with natural disasters, share logistics work and fishing.

Each boat is assigned a specific task – to carry water, petroleum, ice or fish. This saves travelling costs to and from fishing grounds.

The co-operation fosters solidarity among fishermen as they search together for fishing grounds. It also helps pool investments and provides better safety for fishermen and their boats..

As the result, fishing is more effective and costs are reduced.

Is the ministry doing anything to support the safety of fishermen?

One of our priorities is installing modern communication equipment on boats, including the use of satellite. We also keep upgrading shelter areas for boats as well as setting up at-sea service units to provide timely support when necessary.

What do you think about the fishing groups set up in the central provinces of Quang Ngai and Quang Binh?

The ministry appreciates the way the two provinces are raising the effectiveness of offshore fishing and ensuring fishermen’s safety. We will organise a meeting soon in which coastal provinces can share experiences and discuss supporting policies to expand the models.

The Directorate of Fisheries plans to guarantee cheaper fuel for fishermen. What is the opinion of the ministry?

We are discussing the proposal with relevant ministries and sectors. However, we prefer to seek more reasonable support mechanisms as we know that both fuel and seafood prices are rapidly increasing. We need to find a more sustainable mechanism.
Source: Vietfish International
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