Fishermen in central Phu Yen province are enjoying a productive spell, with 70 percent of tuna fishing boats bringing back 1.5-3 tonnes of ocean tuna each voyage.

According to Captain Nguyen Ngoc Ry from the Tuy Hoa border post, more than 80 trawlers of fishermen living in Ward 6 and Phu Dong Ward have anchored and enjoyed higher yields of the fish than that on the first days of this year.

Phan Thuan, chairman of the Ward 6’s Fishing Union, said 70 percent of tuna fishing vessels made profits of 70-80 million VND (3,290-3,760 USD) from each offshore fishing voyage.

Although the price of tuna dropped to 135,000 VND (6.34 USD) per kilogram from 170,000 VND (7.99 USD), local fishermen still made a profit thanks to their additional catches of other fishes to make up costs for the fishing voyages, which normally last for 20-25 days.

According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Phu Yen’s catch of ocean tuna has reached 1,900 tonnes since the beginning of the fishing crop.-VNA