Hue fishing village under the spotlight

By Huynh Phuong   May 10, 2021 | 05:48 pm GMT+7
Located close to Thuan An Beach in Thua Thien-Hue Province lies a small but bustling fishing village, supplied by the freshest catch each morning.
Hue fishing village under the spotlight

A panorama of Phu Hai fishing village shot by two Hue-based photographers Nguyen Phong and Kelvin Long.

Phu Hai Commune, covering ​​about 3.33 square kilometers, is about 20 kilometers from downtown Hue, a former imperial capital and famed tourist destination in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam.

The commune has an anchorage, shelter from storms and Phu Hai fishing village, creating favorable conditions for local fishermen to eke out a living.

Hue fishing village under the spotlight

Offshore fishing vessels are anchored in Phu Hai lock.

During the rainy season, the area hosts hundreds of boats from Phu Hai, Phu Thuan and Phu Dien communes, Thuan An Town and neighboring waters of Phu Vang District.

Hue fishing village under the spotlight

About 300 meters from the lock lies Phu Hai fishing village, with small boats serving inshore fishing.

Fishing is the main vocation of residents in Phu Hai, with these boats serving as their lifelines.

Hue fishing village under the spotlight

A woman burns incense to pray for a safe fishing trip.

Among locals, fishing since an early age, burning incense to the Lord of the Sea is an indispensable ritual to pray for luckly sailing and a bumper harvest.

Hue fishing village under the spotlight

Fishermen use a shoulder pole to push a boat into the sea. Another method that is more convenient and less tiresome involves using a trailer. However, not many households can afford such an extravagance.

Hue fishing village under the spotlight

High waves can make setting out to sea a challenge.

Photographer Nguyen Phong said Phu Hai fishermen, depending on the season and tide, set out at different times. Inshore fishing trips usually occur between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. or from early morning to 2 p.m.

Hue fishing village under the spotlight

Excited fishermen display a big fish they caught.

After each trip, Phu Hai fishermen could earn VND2-4 million ($87-173) from their catch.

Hue fishing village under the spotlight

A batch of squid eggs.

Hue fishing village under the spotlight

“Fishing vessels are strung with national flags prior to each trip, helping them be identified should they become stranded at sea,” a local fisherman named Tam said.

 
 
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