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Seafood sector resumes work in Ca Mau

Nearly 9,000 workers in 11 frozen seafood export processing factories in the southernmost province of Ca Mau resumed work today after the Tet (Lunar New Year) vacation.

Thousands of seafood export workers come back to work today.
Thousands of seafood export workers come back to work today.

Chairman of the provincial Seafood Processing Association Ly Van Thuan said that there are 33 frozen seafood processing factories with 27,000 workers in the province.

The rest of the factories will resume operations on Sunday andTuesday, the fourth and the sixth day of the Lunar New Year, he added.

Chairman of the Tran Van Thoi District’s People’s Committee Luu Minh Nhat said that up to 545 fishing vessels had moored in Song Doc Town, more than a month after going out to sea to bring back the first batch of fish of the Lunar New Year.

Nguyen Van Nhan, owner of three fishing boats in Song Doc Town, said that most of the vessels that went fishing this time had good catches of shrimp, cuttlefish and other fish varieties. The total yield brought back on the first day of the Lunar New Year was estimated to weigh more than 30 tonnes.

Nhan added that the fishermen will rest for two days and resume fishing on Sunday.

Director of the provincial department of agriculture and rural development Le Van Su said that in 2015, the province will aim for 520,000 tonnes of seafood yield, 40,000 tonnes higher than last year. The export turnover is set to reach US$1.4 billion, an increase of $100 million over 2014.The province has implemented measures to achieve the targets, including making breakthroughs in seafood cultivation, enhancing the capacity of offshore fishing vessels and boosting export capacities.