VietNamNet Bridge – On June 30, Quang Ngai province’s vice chairman Truong Ngoc Nhi once again confirmed that Ly Son district and fishermen would not pay China for the release of fishermen and vessels taken recently in Vietnamese waters.
The morning at Ly Son fishing port, Ly Son district, Quang ngai province.
Ly Son district’s vice chairman Nguyen Xuan Huoc also confirmed that the district would not let’s its fishermen pay the “absurd” fines to
“A Chinese patrol ship arrested 37 fishermen of Ly Son district, Quang Ngai province while they were catching in the sea off the Hoang Sa (Paracel)
Quang Ngai authorities asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to intervene by asking
“The sea of Hoang Sa belongs to
According to him, the state needs to have timely assistance policies for fishermen so they can feel reassured about going out to sea.
“Fishermen working on the
Ly Son district’s chairman Vo Xuan Huyen said the district was waiting for new developments in the case and they had prepared a big fishing boat to pick up the 12 fishermen.
“This is the first time fishermen couldn’t take care of it because the fine was too huge, so they had to call for help,” Huyen said.
On June 29, a sailor of QNg 6364 ship named Duong Van Tan contacted captain Duong Thanh Vinh, who is still under arrest in
“Vinh said that the 12 people are being held in a closed room but they are still healthy. They didn’t agree to pay the fine. Vinh told me to urgently ask for government agencies’ intervention so sailors could quickly reunite with their families,” Tan recalled.
According to Tan, captain Vinh informed his relatives and the families of other arrested sailors to not pay fines in any event because this would be an admission of guilt and undermine the struggles of the captive fishermen.
Dozens of thousands of fishermen in central
At present, Ly Son island district has around 100 fishing boats with over 1,200 fishermen who work on the seas of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.
Colonel Bui Phu Phu, vice chief of the border guard forces of Quang Ngai province, said the traditional fishing ground of offshore fishing boats of Quang Ngai is the sea of Hoang Sa.
Phu said without measures to protect fishermen,
Colonel Phu said that many fishing boats have been arrested in recent years and most of them have had to pay fines.