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Thanh Hoa (VNA) – The north central province of Thanh Hoa will scale down inshore fishing and invest more in high-capacity vessels for offshore fishing between now and 2025, under Vietnam’s fisheries development strategy and the local fisheries master plan.

Currently, Thanh Hoa is home to a large number of fishing vessels with an average capacity of more than 73 CV each, mostly in the coastal cities of Hoang Hoa, Quang Xuong, Tinh Gia and Sam Son township.

In order to improve the efficiency of fisheries exploitation, Thanh Hoa has directed applying sound navigation and ranging technology, the global positioning system (GPS), and the use of polyurethane in preservation, as well as providing training for captains of offshore fishing vessels and building a database on active fishing vessels, thus making it easier for the State management.

In compliance with the Government’s Decree 67, coastal localities have assisted fishermen in building and upgrading fishing vessels, and switching to the use of modern fishing equipment.

As of this March, the province caught 27.515 tonnes of seafood.

Tran Duc Cuong, deputy head of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Sub-Department of Fisheries Exploitation and Protection, said the provincial agricultural sector will continue encouraging fishermen to use modern technology to improve their fishing capacity and raising their awareness of fisheries exploitation in tandem with environment protection.

It is also scheduled to build fishing logistics facilities, storm-proof shelter areas, seaports, wholesale markets, and production models at sea, he said.-VNA