|Fish-breeding boxes on the Đồng Nai River. — VNS File Photo|Viet Nam News
BÀ RỊA–VŨNG TÀU — Five of 11 aquaculture product processing firms from the southern coastal province of Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu have paid compensation to 33 fish breeders who had sued the companies for losses caused by waste discharged from the firms’ plants.
The fish raised by the breeders in boxes in Chà Và River in Vũng Tàu City had died en masse, according to Trần Văn Cường, director of the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
In 2015, the breeders filed lawsuits against the companies, saying that the farmers’ fish had died because of waste discharged from the processors’ plants.
The province’s People’s Court on August 1 said the 11 companies must pay total compensation of VNĐ5.5 billion ($243,000) to the 33 affected breeders. This amount was agreed to by the companies and 11 breeders.
Last December, the province’s People’s Court ordered the 11 processors to pay the 33 fish breeders a total compensation of VNĐ13.2 billion. But an appeal was filed by the companies.
Two firms, Hoà Thắng and Đông Hải, paid total compensation of VNĐ802 million ($34,000) on August 22. Three other firms paid earlier this month. — VNS