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Fuel price increase forces Vietnamese fishing boats to stay ashore May 03,2012   |  Source: VNA

April and May are the high fishing season of the year for the Vietnamese fishermen in Quang Tri, Quang Ngai, Khanh Hoa and Kien Giang. However, unlike previous years, the fishing boats still have been lying still. Fishermen have decided to stay at home instead of going out to the sea, because they anticipate that the fuel price increase would make them take loss, while the fishing output has been decreasing.

Local fishermen said that since late March 2012, as the fuel price has been escalating, the logistics service fees have also been increasing (ice, equipments, fishing tools…). As a result, fishermen have to pay much higher than previous for every fishing voyage. Therefore, many of them have decided not to head for the open sea.

Phung Dinh Toan, a Quang Ngai provincial authorities’ official, has affirmed that the diesel price increase of 1200 dong per liter has led to the higher fishing costs, thus putting big difficulties for fishermen.

Fifty percent of the 100 fishing boats and coracles at the Cua Viet seaport in Trieu An commune of Trieu Phong district in Quang Ngai stay ashore, because the fishermen take higher loss these days when they go out fishing.

Especially, offshore fishing boats with high capacity meet bigger difficulties than smaller ones, because



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