Fishing Boats in Dire Need of Crewmen

The thousands upon thousands of fishing boats that operate out of the Mekong Delta’s coastal provinces are seriously short of experienced crewmen, even captains and mechanics.

The Mekong Delta's coastal provinces are seriously short of crewmen.

In Song Doc, a town in Ca Mau at Viet Nam’s southernmost point, more than 2,500 men are needed to crew some 750 fishing boats but the boat owners are at a loss to remedy the situation.
The same problem is found in Kien Giang, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre and Tien Giang provinces, where the shortage of captains and senior mechanics is most keenly felt.

The labor supply from the central provinces has run out in the past few years, while in the Mekong Delta fishing skill are passed from generation to generation, and a few if any fishermen have formal training. 

At a recent meeting with education and training minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, the Kien Giang People’s Committee suggested getting the Nha Trang University of Fisheries to open a branch in the province’s Rach Gia city to train would-be crewmen.

By T.M.T. – Translated by Yen Chuong

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