Da Nang residents earn big on seaweed season

Many people in Nam O fishing village in the central city of Danang are earning big from picking up seaweed at this time of the year when the Lunar New Year is approaching.

People in the village in Lien Chieu District often get up quite early at around 4 am for work.

  Many people in Nam O fishing village in the central city of Danang are earning big from picking up seaweed

 


A person can collect an average two kilos of algae per day, giving them VND500,000 (USD21.73). The figure could double for those with experience.

The best seaweed must not be old and live far from the shore.

According to Duong Thi Hoa, 65, she had picked out seaweed for many years.

People use a net bag and a piece of metal for seaweed collection

Dinh Thi Nuong, 63, said that seaweed live on rocks which are quite slippery, which requires people to be very careful about the work.

  One kilo of dry seaweed sold at VND2.5-3 million (USD108.69-217.39)


People have to tightly hang on to rocks and use one hand to pick up algae, while paying attention to waves.

“I can earn VND400,000 between 5-7 am,” Nuong added.

After being gathered, the seaweed is washed carefully by fresh water and then dried. Around 10 kilos of fresh seaweed can give one kilo of dry seaweed sold at VND2.5-3 million (USD108.69-217.39).

A kilo of fresh seaweed costs VND200-300,000.

Nam O seaweed is famous for good quality so is usually sold well, said Dang Thi Ke, 59, a local resident. She collects seaweed from 3-8 am and earn VND1-2 million. Dtinews

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