|Under a plan approved by the committee in 2005, 247 caged-fish breeders were to be evacuated to another stretch of river from Rach Cat Bridge to An Hao Boat Station to continue their breeding.— Photo baodongnai
DONG NAI (VNS) — Twelve aquafarmers have been given extra time to move their fish cages from a stretch of the Dong Nai River because recent rains have made the current too strong.
On Saturday, the People's Committee of Bien Hoa City suspended an order for them to shift their fish cages from the river as it passes through Hiep Hoa Commune and Thong Nhat Ward in southern Dong Nai Province.
The enforcement order was made after the breeders refused many times in nine years to quit the stretch of water.
The committee said waste water from fish raising as well as human waste from hundreds of other acquafarmers had severely polluted the river.
Under a plan approved by the committee in 2005, 247 caged-fish breeders were to be evacuated to another stretch of river from Rach Cat Bridge to An Hao Boat Station to continue their breeding.
Each household was allowed to use a maximum of two fish cages. Each cage is 8m x 4m x 2m.
However, only 126 of the 247 breeders have so far voluntarily evacuated, the committee said.
Therefore, the committee said it had to start enforcing its decision with the first 12 breeders on Saturday.
However, after negotiations, the breeders agreed to leave voluntarily within a few days if given financial support from the authority.
Nguyen Le Xuan, one of the breeders, told Viet Nam Multimedia Corporation online newspaper that the flow of water in the present stretch was very strong, so it was hard to remove the cages now.
Xuan also said that the authority only paid VND8,000 (US$37 cents) for fish weighing under 500 grams, and VND30,000 ($1.40) for fish weighing above 500 grams.
This was much lower than the market price, she said. — VNS