Yen Binh releases over 1.5 tonnes of fish into Thac Ba Lake to enrich aquatic resources

  •  Friday, February 2, 2024

YênBái - YBO – Yen Binh district organised fish release into Thac Ba Lake on February 2, an activity linked with the carp releasing custom practiced on the Land Genie and Kitchen Gods worshipping day (the 23rd day of the last lunar month) of the Vietnamese people.

Thac Ba Lake in Yen Binh is the largest man-made water body in Vietnam, featuring a water surface of about 15,000ha and more than 1,300 islands of all sizes. This is a considerable advantage for the district to develop fisheries and tourism.

Over the recent past, local authorities have paid attention to the conservation and development of aquatic resources in this lake. The district has carried out regular patrols and examinations of fishing activities, maintained cage fish farming, and assisted aquaculture models to engage in fishery product value chains.

Identifying the planning of aquaculture zones in tandem with the protection of ecological environment as an important task, Yen Binh released more than 30,000 fish of all species to enrich Thac Ba Lake’s aquatic resources in 2023.

To carry out the plan on supporting aquaculture development and the project on developing production under value chains and boosting the sale of fish farmed in the lake, the district is maintaining more than 1,900 cages and 828ha of water surface for farming, which produce 7,000 - 8,000 tonnes of fish each year.

To help raise public awareness of aquatic resources protection and development and also to uphold the traditional carp releasing custom on the Land Genie and Kitchen Gods worshipping day, which fell on February 2 this year, Yen Binh has called on each household to release at least three fish on the day, and on all communal-level localities to release at least 20kg of fish of different species to add aquatic resources to the lake.

On this occasion, the district released more than 1.5 tonnes of fish into Thac Ba Lake, with funding completely coming from private sources. The practice aimed to attract people’s support for and raise public awareness of the conservation and development of aquatic resources in the lake, thereby contributing to environmental protection, biodiversity, production stability, and livelihood development for locals.

Minh Huyen