Officials in Ho Chi Minh City have seized equipment from illegal fishers on the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal, after many people continued to ignore a ban and kept catching fish that help clean up the once polluted waterway.
A patrol team from the city’s aquaculture resource protection department on Friday found many people casting nets on the canal.
One man was found with nearly 20 kilograms of fish in his basket. He was forced to release them back into the canal.
The 27-year-old man said he often catches fish here and then sells them at nearby markets.
The officials also found nine boats using electrocution fishing gears on the Saigon River, which is connected to the downstream of the canal. Six of them managed to escape.
The Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe was cleaned up under a 20-year project funded by the World Bank. The city has released a large number of fish into the canal to revive its biodiversity.
Similar fishing activities have been found on the newly-revived canal Tau Hu.
The city plans to impose fines between VND500,000-5 million (US$22-222) depending on the weight of the catch in order to stop the fishing more effectively.