Bình Định boat hauls in 1.1 tonnes of tuna in off-season

A fishing boat caught more than 1.1 tonnes of tuna off Quy Nhơn City in the central province of Bình Định on September 4.

Bình Định Province has some 3,200 fishing boats.

The off-season catch was sold for VNĐ110,000 (US$4.84) per kilogramme.

Trần Quang Bảo, captain of the boat, said tuna prices had increased by around VNĐ12,000 (53 cents) per kilogramme since last month.

"The price is quite high and so fishing boats and their crews have high incomes. We are quickly stocking up on food and water to return to the sea."

According to the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, so far this year the fishermen have caught 8,511 tonnes of tuna, up 18.6 per cent compared to the same period last year.

On average, a boat earns VNĐ70-80 million ($3,077-3,517) per trip.

Nguyễn Viết Nghĩa, deputy director of the Institute for Seafood Research, said 485,600-502,900 tonnes of tuna are caught off central provinces every year.

The boats are mainly from Phú Yên, Khánh Hòa and Bình Định, and their catches comprise yellow fin tuna, big eye tuna and skipjack tuna, he said.

Tuna exports to Japan

Bình Định was the first province to use new technology and skills to supply fish to Japan, especially tuna.

By 2014 the province’s fishermen had modern equipment and technologies worth $1 million to catch, preserve and transport tuna.

In September that year the first tuna was exported to Japan and sold at three times the price the fish fetches in the Vietnamese market.

The province has around 3,200 fishing boats.

Source: Vietnamnews

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