Tourists face threat as fishermen cast illegal lobster nets in Mui Ne

By Que Ha, Thanh Nien News

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Tourists swim in Mui Ne. Photo: Que Ha Tourists swim in Mui Ne. Photo: Que Ha


Many tourists get caught in fishing nets in Mui Ne during the lobster season as fishermen ignore a ban on catching the crustacean.
“Dozens of Russian tourists have had their legs caught in lobster nets while swimming, many suffering bruises,” Ngoc Ha, CEO of Hoang Ngoc Resort, was quoted as saying by Tuoi Tre newspaper.
“They complain how a tourist beach has been turned into a fishing ground. We can only ask them to write their complaints.”
Le Hoang, the CEO of another resort, said lobster nets cover virtually more than 10km of the beach from Mui Ne to Ham Tien.
“They cast their nets right in resorts’ swimming areas. Some foreign tourists have almost drowned after having their legs caught in a net.”
The director of the Binh Thuan Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism admitted that many ignore a ban on fishing near the shore between Mui Ne and Phan Thiet.
“The provincial authorities issued the ban to ensure the safety of tourists. Their violations have seriously affected tourism, especially since this is the season when Mui Ne attracts international tourists.”
Tran Hoang Khoi, Phan Thiet’s deputy mayor, told Thanh Nien Sunday that town authorities would take determined action to ensure tourists’ safety.
“We will assign personnel to remove the nets if they continue to violate the ban.”

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