The Vietnam Fishing Association Tuesday strongly condemned a fleet of Chinese boats for illegally fishing in Vietnamese waters and damaging Vietnamese fishermen’s nets earlier this month.
Vo Van Trac, deputy chairman of the association, told news website Dan Viet that the Chinese boat owner should compensate the Vietnamese fishermen for their loss.
On January 3 the fishermen, from Quang Tri Province, were casting their nets around 20 nautical miles from Con Co Island when 10 Chinese fishing boats approached them.
Though they signaled the Chinese boats to stop, one dropped anchor and dragged it along to damage the Vietnamese fishermen’s nets. The other nine waited near the first boat, ready to help.
The Chinese vessel damaged 12 fishing nets worth around VND100 million (US$4,460), according to the fishermen.
After they called the Border Guard for help, a Coast Guard vessel appeared on the scene.
The Chinese boats fled, leaving behind the anchor that was stuck in the nets.
Trac said the Vietnam Fishing Association has urged the Coast Guard and other law enforcement authorities to increase patrolling to prevent similar incidents.
Also Tuesday the Vietnamese Fishermen’s Association's Trade Union also released a note protesting the Chinese boats’ action.
It said such acts seriously affect the lives of Vietnamese fishermen and further complicate the situation in the East Sea.