Central Vietnam commune enters beltfish season

In Tam Thanh Commune of Quang Nam Province, fishermen are busy netting abundant batches of beltfish.

These days, hundreds of fishing boats in Tam Thanh Commune, Tam Ky Town of Quang Nam come ashore with nets full of beltfish.

"Every day, we sail out from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m, using large fishing nets to catch these fish," said Nguyen Van Thinh, a fisherman in Tinh Thuy Village.

At noon, Thinh and his son remove hundreds of beltfish caught in their net.

According to locals, the largehead hairtail, or beltfish, often migrate in groups, drawing closer to shore at the start of the lunar year.

"This year, the weather is favorable following Tet (Lunar New Year holiday), so the sea is peaceful and most boats can catch beltfish," Thinh said.

The scale-less body of a beltfish is 60 to 90 centimeters long. Its head is pointy and eyes large. The mouth is wide and contains many large and small pointy teeth. This fish is thin, low in meat but delicious.

Nguyen Hien in Tinh Thuy Village sorts his catch to bring home. He sells the big fish fresh and dries the smaller ones.

"The price for a small fish is VND20,000 ($0.9) and a big one, VND60,000," he said.

Before drying, the fish is gutted and washed clean in fresh water.

Fisherman Nguyen Van Khu, 52, said: "When the fish is cleaned, it will be delicious and can be preserved for a long time."

"In recent days, the number of fish caught has been so high we couldn't sell them all. The surplus is dried instead.

The fish are hung along a rope to dry.

After half a day, villagers tie the tails together to hang the fish head down, thereby helping the fish dry quicker.

The fish head is harder to dry, so people spread them out to expose them to the sunlight.

These days, dried beltfish can be seen everywhere in Tam Thanh Commune.

After four to five days of drying, the fish are ready to sell. Three kilograms of fresh fish can yield one kilogram of dried fish.

The price for dried fish ranges from VND70,000 to VND200,000 per kilogram. Dried fish can be added to grilled or braised dishes.

Tam Thanh is a coastal commune operating nearly 200 small-capacity fishing vessels along the shore.

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