Coast guards in central Vietnam last week chased a Chinese poacher vessel from Vietnamese waters thanks to local fishermen's tip-off.
Truong Van Phuong, a fisherman from Da Nang, said he noticed a Chinese fishing boat deep in Vietnamese waters in the morning of March 7.
“The [Chinese] boat [looked] similar to the one that hit and sank
another Da Nang fishing boat last May,” Phuong said.
He said the Chinese boat was sailing close to his boat when he was casting a net.
“It seemed very dangerous.”
He called Da Nang coast guards, who sent a ship to shoo the Chinese boat away.
Da Nang Coast Guard Command said it has lately been alerted by an increasing number of local fishermen's reports of Chinese poaching vessels in waters off central Vietnam lately.
The officers alleged that Chinese fishing boats not only poached in Vietnamese water but also seemed to survey the area and provoke Vietnamese boats.
Fishing at sea is the meal ticket for many locals in central Vietnam, but their job has become harder with constant confrontation and attacks from Chinese vessels over the past year.
More incidents took place after China deployed a US$1-billion oil rig into Vietnamese waters on May 2. The rig was removed in mid-July.