French-funded fishing boat monitoring facility in place Sao Mai By Sao Mai – The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – The Directorate of Fisheries has put into operation a fishing boat monitoring center as one of the main components of a fishery project using France’s official development assistance (ODA) loans. The 13.9-million-euro project uses Movimar satellite technology to keep track of fishing boats, fishing grounds and marine resources. Components of the project include the monitoring center based at the Directorate of Fisheries, two regional centers – one in Haiphong and the other in Vung Tau, and an equipment installation and maintenance center. There will be some 3,000 offshore fishing boats in 28 coastal provinces. The modernly equipped monitoring center will track activities of fishing boats and receive information about emergencies, rescues, accidents, piracies and fishing operations. The project is aimed at improving management of fishing boats, strengthening forecasting capacity, increasing the efficiency of fishing operations and protecting marine resources. The project will also improve the quality of weather forecasting at seas, and help fishermen cushion damages caused by natural disasters. The monitoring center can also help detect foreign boats that violate Vietnam’s territorial waters.