Many localities in the Mekong Delta are currently undergoing social distancing according to Directive No.16 of the Prime Minister, so trade activities of seafood products encounter difficulties, dragging prices down, causing many fishing boats to operate ineffectively. Besides, the fishing grounds are increasingly depleted, and oil prices are at a high level, so many fishing boats have decided to temporarily stop going to sea.
Affected by the pandemic
Tac Cau Fishing Port in Chau Thanh District in Kien Giang Province is one of the largest fishing ports in the Mekong Delta. This fishing port attracts many fishing boats of local seafarers. However, according to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Kien Giang Province, currently, 16 out of 30 businesses have temporarily suspended operations, not because they failed to ensure measures for the Covid-19 prevention. When seafood processing factories halted operations, companies that buy seafood and aquatic products at Tac Cau Fishing Port have also had to stop because there is no consumption, and many owners of fishing vessels also no longer have partners to purchase seafood.
By Tan Thai – Translated by Thanh Nha