As many as eight telecom devices using satellite technology have been given to fishing groups in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang to facilitate their offshore activities.

According to Nguyen Trong Tuy, head of the provincial Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, local authorities planned to earmark over 1 billion VND (47,600 USD) from the local budget to equip more 38 satellite devices for fishermen in 2013-2015.

The move aims to encourage fishing boats to work in group for higher efficiency and mutual assistance in natural disaster prevention and search and rescue efforts, he said.

Tien Giang is now home to such 11 groups, with 60 fishing vessels and 423 fishermen.

Recently, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved a national scheme to provide fishermen with modern communication equipment to 2020 with orientations towards 2030.

The equipment is to support search-and-rescue operations, maritime safety and environment protection as well as serve defence and security tasks and sea-based economic development.-VNA