Southern province to form 27,000 ha marine conservation site

By An Minh   June 20, 2024 | 03:54 pm PT
Southern province to form 27,000 ha marine conservation site
Aerial view of Hon Chuoi Island in Ca Mau Province in southern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Minh Khang
Vietnam's southernmost province Ca Mau will build a marine conservation site spanning 27,000 hectares in sea regions surrounding Hon Khoai, Hon Chuoi and Hon Da Bac islands.

The site will have functional areas spanning 18,000 ha, and a buffer zone spanning 9,000 ha.

The site is intended to conserve aquaculture resources and sea creatures, as well as protect the environment and the ecosystem, along with biodiversity.

Ca Mau authorities said the province would build essential infrastructures, such as delimitation buoys, headquarters for working and other equipment for management.

They will also inform people on sea environment protection, as well as biodiversity conservation; supporting relocation and job transitioning.

Ca Mau has tasked branches of the Vietnam Fishery Surveillance to organize the management of the conservation site per existing regulations.

In the long run, once enough conditions have been fulfilled, a management committee for the conservation site would be formed.

Vietnam has had 178 conservation sites by 2023, including 34 national parks. The country also has nine wetland areas considered to be world Ramsar sites.

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