Saturday, July 4, 2015

Squid Inc.

Via Terry

Nguyen Truong says he visits his family on Vietnam’s central coast once every six months.

In open seas off the coast of Sihanoukville, Vietnamese fishermen floating in cane baskets are the bottom rung of a lucrative squid-fishing racket that extends to the highest echelons of the Cambodian navy.

For 15 hours a day—from before the sun rises until after it is gone—Nguyen Truong is cast adrift in a cane basket, bobbing around the open seas fishing for squid.

“In Vietnam, there is no squid,” the 69-year-old said from his fishing basket last week.

“Cambodia has squid, and we need it.”

Each morning at about 4 a.m., dozens of unflagged fishing boats detach from moorings off the islands of Koh Tang and Koh Rong Sanloem and motor into open water, where they lower hundreds of Vietnamese anglers into solitude, and an ocean teeming with squid.

Armed with long lines and hundreds of lures, the fishermen—who get no respite from the searing sun or violent storms—collectively pull hundreds of kilograms of squid out of the ocean in a day.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the mother boats return, hauling the fishermen aboard and heading back to their moorings to tally the day’s catch.

“I can collect up to 10 kg of squid each day,” Mr. Truong said through a translator. “Once a week, we go to Koh Tral, where we sell the squid for [about $5] a kilo.”


  1. AMartinez no not that one!July 4, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    What a hard way to make a living.

    1. Just think: They are happy to make this much money even though it's being away from the family and working very hard v our worthless family's who stay on welfare generation after generation and only bitch.

  2. AMartinez, no not that one!July 4, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Freedom to earn, still gotta pay the tax man, or Navy in this case. But what dedication to earn. Alas, most Americans are no longer hungry.

    1. Payoffs are a way of life in Indochina thanks to the rule of the Chinese for 1,000 years.

  3. For whom the bell tows. I could not imagine this life of toil.
    Since slavery is all about, now this was a slave: