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It stinks, but no one complains: drying seafood in a coastal town


In Phuoc Hai Town of central Vietnam‘s Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, 40 households earn their daily living by drying fish. Nguyen Bich Van runs the biggest such production facility on a 1,800 square meter area. Everyday, it dries over 3 tons of fish like croaker, ray and spotted eagle ray, and collects over 1.5 tons of dried fish.

Van buys the fish from merchants at a dock located one kilometer away from her workshop. The majority of the fish are croakers, sold at VND20,000-50,000 ($0.86-2.2) per kilogram, depending on the quality.