15:16 | 02/05/2016 Society
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has resolved to set up hotlines to help fishermen in a number of central provinces overcome difficulties caused by the recent mass fish deaths.
A fish farm in Da Nang (Photo: VNA)
The hotlines are aimed at receiving information on and supporting fishermen in purchasing and consuming aquatic products.
The hotlines are: 0979815668; 0906725555; and 04-2220539.
Over the past three weeks, residents in coastal areas in the four central provinces of Ha Tinh, QuangBinh, Quang Tri and ThuaThien-Hue reported an unusual number of dying or dead fish washing up ashore.
To help local fishermen ensure the safety of aquatic products for consumers, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of QuangBinh province asked relevant agencies to send staff to perform round-the-clock inspections at local fishing ports and markets to examine and grant certificates on origins and food safety for aquatic products from offshore fishing vessels.
Meanwhile, each market in Da Nang city will have a site to sell certified clean and safe fish from May 2. The origins of fish are examined by the local department of Agricultrue and Rural Development.
The department is tasked with ensuring the quality of fish as well as widely publicising the price of fish in addition to the precise locations of the sites.