Authorities in the south central province of Phu Yen launched a week-long inspection on Tuesday into floating seafood farms owned by Chinese nationals after finding around 300 farms operating without license in provincial waters
On Monday, an inspection team found 300 floating fish farms in Vung Ro Bay did not have license.
According to locals, the rafts used for fish breeding were owned by a group of Chinese nationals, who transported breeding fish from China to Vung Ro by ship and hired Vietnamese laborers to work at the farms.
They then sent ships to retrieve grown fish to take them back to China.
The locals said the Chinese nationals did not register with local authorities, but bred and traded fish using Vietnamese names.
All the Chinese traders have left Vung Ro Bay upon hearing of the inspection.
Previously, some newspapers and websites ran stories about illegal seafood farms owned by Chinese nationals on Cam Ranh Bay in the south central province of Khanh Hoa.
A report in Tuoi Tre newspaper said that around 10 Chinese nationals have been running some of the farms there for nearly 10 years, although they have been labeled "aquaculture experts," allegedly invited to work for local farms.
On May 17, Cam Ranh Town authorities launched inspections into all the farms.
The Chinese traders also disappeared after handing over duties to their employees.