Nearly 9,000 workers at seafood processing facilities in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau returned to work on February 20, or the second day of the lunar New Year (Tet) to start a new production year.

According to Ly Van Thuan, General Secretary of the provincial Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters, as many as 11 out of 33 processing facilities in the locality have resumed their operation. The rest are scheduled to restart their production in February 24, or the 6 th day of Tet, at the latest, he said.

Meanwhile, on the first day of the lunar New Year, 545 fishing vessels came home with a big catch after one month at sea, said Luu Minh Nhat, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Tran Van Thoi district.

Nguyen Van Nhan, owner of three fishing vessels in Song Doc town, said almost all of the vessels enjoyed good catching. Those from the town alone brought onshore as many as 30 tonnes of seafood.

The good start signals a successful year for the province’s seafood sector, which hopes to produce 520,000 tonnes of seafood from fishing and aquaculture, up 40,000 tonnes over 2014, said Le Van Su, Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

He added that in 2015, the province will strive to earn 1.4 billion USD from seafood export, a rise of 100 million USD over last year’s figure.-VNA