In phase one, Quang Tri provided more than VND202 billion (US$8.9 million) for Vinh Linh, Gio Linh, Trieu Phong and Hai Lang districts to distribute compensation.
The money was given to 1,979 boat owners and 1,579 crew members in 14 coastal communes and towns.
Local recipients said they will spend the money to buy fishing tools, upgrade boats, and invest in cultivation and livestock farming.
Quang Tri has more than 8,000 households with nearly 45,000 people and over 2,800 boats from the four districts severely affected by the mass fish deaths.
In late June, Taiwan-invested Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Limited Company admitted responsibility for the incident, which affected the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and ThuaThien-Hue. It pledged VND11.5 trillion (US$500 million) in compensation.
The Ministry of Finance transferred VND3 trillion (US$134 million) to the localities in the initial phase. Of the amount, Quang Binh got VND1.1 trillion (US$48.5 million); Ha Tinh, VND1 trillion (US$44.1 million); Quang Tri, VND500 billion (US$22 million), and ThuaThien-Hue, VND400 billion (US$17.6 million).