Da Nang marks World Ocean Day hinh anh 1Local people in Da Nang take part in a clean-up event in response to the World Ocean Day (June 8). (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – The central city of Da Nang on June 2 held a meeting in Son Tra district to celebrate the World Ocean Day (June 8) and the Vietnam Sea and Island Week.

Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Nguyen Ngoc Tuan said making a living from the sea is a right direction. However, the protection of marine and coastal resources has become more urgent with a number of serious challenges, such as the over-exploitation and degradation of coastal and aquatic resources, threats to biodiversity and marine ecosystem and pollution.

This year’s World Ocean Day calls for better awareness of people’s responsibility to keep the ocean clean and encourage the initiation of solutions to tackle plastic pollution for a healthier ocean and a better future.

In response to the World Ocean Day and the Vietnam Sea and Island Week, the central city has launched a series of clean-up events, for example, cleaning up Tho Quang fishing port, streets and pavements, conducting an oil spill response drill at Lien Chieu Port, and seminars to educate people on the sea and promote the Law of the Sea.

Da Nang City is blessed with about 90 km of coastline and 11 public beaches. It aims to make the sea-based industry a backbone of the local economy by 2030 with tourist arrivals set to increase 13 – 14 percent from 2016 – 2025 and the cargo volume through local ports reaching 12 – 13 million tonnes per year by 2025.-VNA