The Hanoitimes - Da Nang city was held a meeting in Son Tra district to celebrate the World Ocean Day (June 8) and the Vietnam Sea and Island Week on June 2.
Making a living from the sea is a right direction. However, the protection of marine and coastal resources has become more urgent with a number of serious challenges, such as the over-exploitation and degradation of coastal and aquatic resources, threats to biodiversity and marine ecosystem and pollution, according to Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, Vice Chairman of the city’s People’s Committee.
This year’s World Ocean Day calls for better awareness of people’s responsibility to keep the ocean clean and encourage the initiation of solutions to tackle plastic pollution for a healthier ocean and a better future.
More than two thousands clean up Da Nang beach to mark World Oceans Day.
In response to the World Ocean Day and the Vietnam Sea and Island Week, the central city has launched a series of clean-up events, for example, cleaning up Tho Quang fishing port, streets and pavements, conducting an oil spill response drill at Lien Chieu Port, and seminars to educate people on the sea and promote the Law of the Sea.
Da Nang City is blessed with about 90 km of coastline and 11 public beaches. It aims to make the sea-based industry a backbone of the local economy by 2030 with tourist arrivals set to increase 13 – 14% from 2016 – 2025 and the cargo volume through local ports reaching 12 – 13 million tonnes per year by 2025.
Earlier, the Vietnam Sea and Island Week was launched in Quang Ninh province by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the local People’s Committee. The event is part of the activities in response to the World Ocean Day 2018.
The Sea and Island Week is significant to the province to popularise the importance of the nation’s seas and islands as well as introduce marine economic strengths and potential of the locality. The event aims to encourage public involvement in and responsibility for protecting the marine environment and seeking solutions to sea pollution.