A fishing ban during spawning season was introduced in Đồng Tháp province by local authorities from May to June, with aim of better protecting fisheries and environment.
Nguyễn Văn Tùng, a resident in An Bình A Commune, said: “We have to protect the natural aquaculture areas for the future”. “Đồng Tháp Province has tangled canal systems with plenty of natural food, so fish can grow and develop faster there than in other places,” he added.
A report from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said that illegal fishing using explosives and electrical shocks was still continuing. In addition, the aquatic ecosystem and natural breeding grounds are also affected by boats engaging in illegal activities on the water. The boats are also causing pollution.
The province’s People’s Committee said it would raise public awareness among residents about the importance of keeping these aquaculture areas free of waste and illegal activities.