Mollusc harvest season begins in central Vietnam

From the third lunar month ever year, fishing villages in Quang Ngai province enter the mollusc harvesting season. When the tide is receding, fishing villagers flock to the sea to harvest molluscs.

Mollusc harvest season begins in central Vietnam

Mollusc harvesting season brings many blessings from the sea to the fishing villagers as it helps to improve their income and bond their deep connection to the ocean

Mollusc harvest season begins in central Vietnam
Every evening when the tide is low, Nguyen Thi Nhan, from Binh Hai commune, Binh Son district, goes to the Phuoc Thien reef to collect oysters.

 Mollusc harvest season begins in central Vietnam

Nhan uses a long chisel to remove oysters from the reef. She said that as oyster shells look like rocks, they are hard to distinguish from the reef. Therefore, it requires experience and sharp eyes to search for oysters.

Mollusc harvest season begins in central Vietnam 

1-2 nautical miles from the shore, seaweed grows in large clumps at the bottom of the deep blue sea

 Mollusc harvest season begins in central Vietnam

Nguyen Van Bui has to dive 4 to 7 meters deep into the sea in order to farm seaweed, which grows on the surface of rock and coral.

 Mollusc harvest season begins in central Vietnam

When the weather is calm with no waves, Bui can collect 1 - 1.5 tonnes of fresh seaweed a day and only 0.3-0.6 tonnes when the tide is rising

 Mollusc harvest season begins in central Vietnam

While men are diving to collect seaweed, their wives wait around the shores to support their husbands.

 Mollusc harvest season begins in central Vietnam

They can earn from VND700,000 – VND1 million per working day.

 Mollusc harvest season begins in central Vietnam

A woman takes a rest under a temporary shack to hide from the scorching sun of early summer, waiting for her husband, who is harvesting seaweed.

Mollusc harvest season begins in central Vietnam

Mollusc harvest season begins in central Vietnam

 

Dong Huyen
Nhan Dan

 
 
 
 
 
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