Photos: Fishing net, boat-making villages busy in flood season

VietNamNet Bridge - Every year, when the flood season comes in the southwestern region, the traditional craft villages that make fishing nets, boats, fishing tackles and hooks are busy serving fishermen.



Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

This year the flood season in the Mekong Delta has come one month earlier so these villages have entered their peak season early. These days, the Thom Rom fishing net making village, the O Mon fishing-tackle making village in Can Tho City, the fishhook making village of My Hoa in An Giang and the boat building village of Lai Vung in Dong Thap are working day and night.

 Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

Fishing-baskets are woven from bamboo, with a length of 40 cm.

 Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

Fishing-tackle makers in a village in Thoi Long ward, O Mon district, Can Tho city have specialised in these items for nearly 60 years for the flood season. The price for a fishing-basket is VND18,000 to VND25,000 ($0.9-$1.2), an increase of VND3,000 to VND5,000 over last year.

 Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

Le Van Hai, whose family has pursued this trade for more than 40 years, says that his five-member family begins making fishing-baskets in February or March to prepare for the flood season. On average, the family produces about 15,000 products/season.

 Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

In the fishing-net weaving village of Thom Rom in Can Tho City, villagers are also busy day and night.

Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers 

Over 30 households in the village, with nearly 400 people, make fishing nets. This is the largest fishing-net producing village in the Mekong Delta.

 Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

The villagers produce about 20 types of fishing nets. This year, the prices of raw materials have increased, so the prices of fishing nets have also risen. The prices range from several US dollars to tens of US dollars a product.

 Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

The villagers work from the third to the 11th month of the lunar calendar.

 Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

Products of the fishing hook village of My Hoa in An Giang are sold to Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos.

 Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

Over 100 households with about 600 people in the village produce fishing hooks.

 Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers 

Mr. Bui Tan Thanh, whose family has pursued this trade for four generations, said the village supplies over 10 types of fishing hooks of 30 sizes. This year the flood season has arrived early and so far, each household has produced  5 to 7 million fishhooks.

 Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

The boat-building enterprise of Tran Ba Ngu in Long Khanh A hamlet in Lai Vung district, Dong Thap province, sells over 100 small boats a week, priced from VND700,000 to VND1.5 million ($35-50).

 Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

Big boats of 40 to 50 tons are built within 40 days, priced from VND180 million to VND300 million ($9,000-15,000). Each year, Long Hau Commune sells about 4,000 boats of all kinds.

 Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers

This village works all year round, but the peak time is from May to September.

Fishing net, boat-making villages, hook makers 

There are 150 boat-building enterprises in Long Hau, with over 1,200 workers.


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