1,200,000 tiger prawns were cast into the sea at Sa Can estuary in the central province of Quang Ngai on March 31 in a bid to encourage breeding and boost local aquaculture.

The initiative was co-hosted by the Quang Ngai Centre of Aquatic Varieties and the provincial Aquatic Production Resources Protection and Exploitation sub-department to honour Vietnam Fisheries Day April 1.

The centre’s Deputy Director, Dao Tu Hien, said local aquatic resources are threatened with excessive exploitation.

He claimed that the release of the tiger prawns will help the recovery of the natural environment, preserving this precious variety.

The centre will provide an additional of 100,000 carps, 50,000 tilapias and 130,000 crabs for the districts of Tay Tra, Son Tay, Ly Son and beyond.-VNA