Mekong Delta enters into bong lau fish season

VietNamNet Bridge
13 March 2015

Year in, year out, throngs of fishermen head for the lower reaches of Tien and Hau rivers in the Mekong Delta around the beginning of year for the harvest season of bong lau (Pangasius krempfi) fish because this freshwater catfish only appear in large volume in the delta for around three months.

On a spring afternoon, fisherman Nam Sach at Tra On ferry terminal on the north bank of the Hau River is seen preparing his boat and net to catch bong lau fish when night falls.

Nam Sach says most of bong lau fish are born in the upper reaches of the Mekong River in Cambodia in August and September, and then they migrate down the river to Vietnam. When reaching Tien and Hau rivers, they grow mature and mostly weigh four to five kilograms each, or even eight to nine kilograms.

These bong lau fish are a source of revenue for local fishermen as at this time the southern part of Vietnam begins entering the dry season and lacks natural aquatic products. “The fish is a gift that nature gives fishermen in the downstream,” he said.

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