Residents net big catches as Vietnam hydropower plant ceases water discharge

Residents in the southern Vietnamese province of Dong Nai have been able to harvest some big catches after a local hydropower dam ceased its release of water.

The Tri An Hydroelectric plant, located in Vinh Cuu District, Dong Nai, concluded its eight-day long water release on September 5, leaving local citizens with a shallow body of water filled with big fish.

The operation ended at around 10:00 am, and hundreds of people were ready to pocket some catches of the year.

These are the fish that were unable to swim through the dam when it began its release of water downstream.  

By 11:00 am on the same day, the hunting began as fishermen equipped with the necessary tools harvested a wide variety of fish, including catfish, snakehead, and carp. Some of them weighed up to 10 kilograms.

According to some experienced residents, this year’s quantity was less than in previous years.

Some merchants also used the opportunity to buy the fish from local residents to resell them at local markets and restaurants.

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Two men manage to catch a big fish.
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A local resident shows off a fish he has just caught.
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A resident joyfully shows his big catch.
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Hundreds of people catch fish after the Tri An Hydroelectric plant finishes releasing water on September 5, 2017.
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