The aquaculture sector in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang held a large-scale fish release programme on March 5 in a bid to reproduce valuable local breeds and protect the ecosystem.

The event freed 836,520 fish of various types into the branch of the Tien River that flows through Phu Tan district under a backdrop of awareness-raising campaigns with vivid images and messages on green fishing and rare fish protection.

Nguyen Thanh Binh, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, spoke highly of the support from enterprises, organisations and individuals to this meaningful activity, which he hoped would become an annual event.

Phu Tan district, located next to the Tien, Hau and Vam rivers, is home to a dense network of canals and irrigation ditches. In recent years, overfishing has substantially reduced the quantity of fish in the locality and particularly the number of rare breeds.-VNA