This is the third time Nguyen Van Cuong from Hai Ninh commune, Quang Ninh district, in Quang Binh province has gone near-shore fishing in the daytime. He has caught around 100-150 kg of sardine each trip and reaps a profit of around 220 USD a day. This is also the average of some 800 fishing boats going near-shore and offshore for fish at the end of the year.

Local ports have been busy with trading boats these days. Though prices at year-end are not as high as at the beginning of the year, most fishermen are happy as their fish are selling well and they expect a bumper and profitable catch in the new year.

Warm weather is forecast until the end of the year, meaning safe and smooth fishing trips for local people. They plan to head out on their last trip of the year on lunar December 27, or January 29./.