A number of estuaries in the southern central province of Phu Yen are rapidly filling with sediment, greatly impacting the local environment and fishery resources.

The 800-metre-wide Tan Quy estuary in An Hai commune has been almost completely blocked off while estuaries in Tien Chau in An Ninh Tay commune and Le Thinh in An Ninh Dong commune have shrunk to only 70 metres and 40 metres in width.

The soil and sand settlement at the Tan Quy estuary that leads to O Loan lagoon has deteriorated the habitat of aquatic species in the waters and hampered the travel of over 2,300 boats.

Meanwhile, the sediment at Le Thinh has affected the operation of nearly 1,000 boats. Low-tide water level is only 0.8 metres, preventing boats with 60-horse-power engines to move, said Nguyen Tam, a resident in Le Thinh hamlet.

Facing such circumstances, the Phu Yen provincial People’s Committee has requested Tuy An district authorities to implement three projects dredging 1.2 million cubic metres of soil and sand at the abovementioned estuaries, along with at the Tien Chau fishing port and Van Cui rivulet.

The committee also emphasised the importance of avoiding erosion while dredging sediment. The dredging in Tuy An district is expected to be finished within this year.-VNA