Abandoned boats pose risks to waterway and environment
Abandoned and derelict boats pose significant risks to waterway safety and have environmental impacts on local communities in Quang Ngai Province.
|A wreck at Sa Huynh fishing port. Abandoned and derelict boats pose significant risks to waterway safety and have environmental impacts on local communities in Quang Ngai Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuoc Ngoc|
Dozens of decayed and broken wooden boats, which were once property of local fishermen, worth tens of billions of dong, are lying on a section from the Thanh Duc 2 Bridge to Sa Huynh fishing port in Pho Thanh Ward, Duc Pho Town.
Nguyen Sau, a fisherman from Pho Thanh Ward, said the local fishermen had to abandon these boats because they suffered accidents while they went to fish offshore.
Some faced losses in business and were unable to go fishing and find another job, he said.
Talking about this issue, Vice Chairman of People's Committee of Pho Thanh Ward, Gia Tan Tau said the local authorities have worked with relevant units to develop statistics and find the boat owners to ask them to move the boats to other places.
But it is not easy.
"We could only contact six ship owners, the rest were derelict boats. The ship owners sold them to other local fishermen in order to recover some lost capital," said Tau.
The new ship owners only collected the engines of the boats and left the wrecks, he said.
"We have not found a solution to solve this problem and could not dismantle these derelict ships because the owners could sue us."
Pho Thanh Ward is one of the localities with the largest number of fishing boats in Duc Pho Town, with about 1,200 ships. VNS
Because of pollution, climate change and overexploitation, marine biodiversity in the central region is declining.
Bui Thi Van, 62, and her family has lived in a thatched roof brick cottage in the Co fishing village for 27 years.