A fishing vessel during a fist sailing festival (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ngai (VNA) – A sailing festival took place in the central province of Quang Ngai’s Sa Huynh port on February 18 to mark the first day at sea of local fishermen in the lunar year.

Sa Huynh port is located in Pho Thanh commune, Duc Pho district.

As a pray for a new year of favourable weather and bumper harvests, the festival featured traditional singings by local fishermen, namely Sac Bua and Ba Trao.

At the event, dozens of fishing vessels set sail in the sound of drums.

About 65 percent of Pho Thanh’s population are fishermen, who operate more than 1,000 fishing ships.

In 2017, Pho Thanh fishermen fished over 45,000 tonnes of kinds of fish.

Also the same day, in the early morning, people in Duc Trach commune in the central province of Quang Binh were filled with joy as their boats were full of sardines in their first inshore fishing in the lunar New Year.

A local fisherman said the fish is highly favoured by consumers, with prices now reaching between 50 and 100 VND per kg, up 20 – 30 percent from its normal prices. - VNA