Vietnam FIP: meet the fishermen

Meet Mr. Minh

Mr. Minh (white T-shirt) is training his crew

Mr. Minh (white T-shirt) is training his crew

“My name is Nguyen Van Minh. I’m 41 years old and have wife and two daughters. I became fishermen when was 20 year’s old. I used to go squid fishing with my father and we worked together for 15 years. My father taught me  everything about ocean: how to find the fish; how to drive the fishing boat; how to predict bad weather and avoid it. In 2013, the tuna fishery starting growing in the Binh Dinh province so myself and other fishermen changed to catching tuna using handlines and now I own two fishing vessels.It was hard at first as we were not experienced with this kind of fishing. So we attended training and workshops organized by the Government and non-profit organizations where I learned a lot of new skills.  I also learned about protecting sea turtle and sharks during Fishing & Living trainings as well as other aspects important for the sustainability of the fishery.”

 

Meet Mr. Dung

mr-dung“My name is Tran Van Dung, I’m 50 years old and have a wife, two sons and a daughter. My son works with me on my handline fishing vessel. The other is an electric’s engineer. I became a fishermen when I was young and worked in many different kinds of fisheries in Vietnam. When we go fishing, we spend around 24 days at sea. In total, we spend 10 months a year out on the water. However, we come back to the land when there is bad weather. When I started handline fishing 3 years ago, it was not easy; for example I didn’t know what bait to use. I have not yet been to one of Fishing & Living’s workshops but I will make sure to be there next time!”

 

 

 

Meet Mr. Long

Mr. Long and his brother are preparing for the next trip

Mr. Long and his brother are preparing for the next trip

“My name is Nguyen Dang Long, I’m 28 years old. I am not married yet and live with my family. My older brother and I work together on a handline fishing vessel. We always help each other in our work.The work is hard but I love the ocean, it’s like a friend. I’ve never been attend any the training workshop because I just a crew but I know that we must be very careful not to catch any turtles. Also, in my family, we believe that sea turtles are very sacred. I hope I can attend some training workshop in the future to learn more about sustainability in tuna fishing”

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