Ninh Thuan increases fishing capacity, protects sea ecology

TTXVN-VNA | 26-12-2016 | 16:24 |

Fishing boats in Ninh Thuan Province (Photo: sotnmt.ninhthuan.gov.vn)

Ninh Thuan (VNA) – The south central coastal province of Ninh Thuan is striving to boost its capacity of fishing sea products in line with environmental protection.


The move follows Resolution 07 – NQ/TU, issued by the 13th provincial Party Committee, on maritime economic development between 2016 and 2020 toward a comprehensive, synchronous and highly connected manner.


Director of the Ninh Thuan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Trinh Minh Hoang said local authorities are committed to reinforcing and consolidating maritime economic models that encourage the operation of high-capacity vessels and long fishing period at sea as well as the growth of fishery logistics and trade.


In 2016 alone, Ninh Thuan built 30 ships, bought 28 and upgraded 133 others. The province also completed administrative procedures for 40 eligible fishermen to borrow loans to build and upgrade their ships under the Government’s Decree 67/2014/ND – CP and Decree 89/2015/ND – CP.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Quoc Nam said the Government and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development allow Ninh Thuan to build 71 boats.

Until now, 13 ships have been put into operation, and 111.65 billion VND of 148.47 billion VND earmarked for supporting shipbuilding works in the province have been divested. Now 17 others are being built.

Decree 67, which took effect in August 2014, stipulates policies in investment, credit, insurance, and tax incentives in support of fishermen and ship owners, who wish to build new fishing boats, upgrade their existing ones or buy fishing and marine equipment.


Meanwhile, Decree 89 has been valid since November 2015 to address roadblocks in fishermen’s ship building under Decree 67.

In 2016, despite difficulties, fishing output totalled more than 83,800 tonnes, up 11 percent year on year with improved product structure.


Dang Van Tin, head of the provincial fishery department said to deter inshore fishing and the use of unsustainable fishing methods, authorities have encouraged fishermen to operate offshore, with 145 fishing groups set up to support each other at sea.


Fishing logistics services are also thriving, catering to 80 percent of local demand.


By 2020, Ninh Thuan is striving to have 2,900 ships with total capacity of 38,000 CV. These ships are expected to bring to shore up to 75 tonnes of seafood per year, of which 65 percent are caught off shore.


The province put forth a wide range of measures related to infrastructure and human resources development.


It also prioritises communications campaigns, sea protection programmes, investment attraction and support policies to develop coastal seafood production value chains.

At a recent meeting of the provincial Party Committee, maritime economy and renewable energy were affirmed the focuses of the socio-economic development strategy of the south central coastal province.

The meeting agreed on the 2017 targets, including gross regional domestic product (GRDP) growth of 10 – 11 percent, GRDP per capita of 33-34 million VND, budget collection of over 2.1 trillion VND, export turnover of 80 billion USD and total social investment of 8.8 trillion VND.

To achieve the targets, Ninh Thuan will continue to boost economic restructuring in combination with growth model shifting, creating breakthroughs in maritime economy and renewable energy.

The locality will also focus on agricultural development, climate change adaptation and new-style rural area construction.

In addition, it will take measures to promote business’ development and strengthen resources management while protecting the environment and developing human resources as well as ensuring social welfare.

According to the locality’s report, Ninh Thuan has fulfilled 14 out of 18 targets set for 2016. Two economic targets achieved included the budget collection of 2 trillion VND and export turnover of 80.2 million USD (compared to the plan of 70 million USD).

With a 105 kilometre coastline, the province is also strong in salt production, fishing and the maritime economy. In addition, Ninh Thuan has great potential for tourism thanks to its beautiful bays such as Vinh Hy, Binh Tien and Ninh Chu./.

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