Fishing vessels anchor at Quang Binh Province’s port. (Photo: VNA)

Quang Binh (VNA) – The central coastal province of Quang Binh has disbursed over 2 trillion VND (87.8 million USD), mostly sourced from the central budget, to support fishermen in 60 out of the 62 communes affected by the marine environmental incident last year.

The prompt compensation and assistance have helped local people soon stabilise their lives and resume production and business.

However, there are still difficulties in completing necessary procedures to deal with inventory seafood, and helping fishermen with fishery breeding.

The province strives to complete the compensation for fishermen in June 2017 by creating public consensus in implementing the Party and State policy to address the issue, as well as assign specific tasks for local relevant departments and agencies.

Operations of Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Co. Ltd resulted in mass fish deaths along the coast of the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue in April 2016. 

The pollution damaged about 400 hectares of coral and affected over 260,000 people who earned their living in sea-related activities. 

The firm compensated over 11.5 trillion VND (500 million USD) to support local fishermen switch to other jobs and recover the polluted maritime environment. It also vowed to deal with shortcomings in waste and wastewater treatment.-VNA