The Binh Tan Fishing Union, the fifth of its kind in the central coastal province of Binh Thuan, made debut in La Gi commune on July 29.

The union gathers 150 fishermen working on 15 vessels so that they can help one another in case of natural disasters and other problems arising at sea.

At the launching ceremony, representatives from businesses and organisations presented gifts in the form of ship and life insurance as well as equipment worth nearly 1.2 billion VND (57,142 USD) in total to members of the new union.

Binh Thuan has one of the largest fishing fleets in the country with more than 7,000 high capacity vessels and over 50,000 fishermen, who catch some 180,000 tonnes of seafood every year.

Five fishing unions have been set up so far in the province with 69 ships and 750 members. Besides the newly-established Binh Tan union, the other four are operating in Phan Thiet, Tuy Phong and Phu Quy island district.-VNA