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Oyster breeders remove tires from Lang Co Bay

Update: September, 16/2014 - 08:38
A resident with his oyster-breeding tire. In Thua Thien-Hue's Lang Co Town, 85 households tore down their oyster-breeding structures yesterday under orders from the municipal People's Committee in an effort to restore the scenic beach. — Photo tainguyenmoitruong.com.vn

THUA THIEN-HUE (VNS) — Following directions from the Lang Co Town People's Committee, 85 households tore down their oyster-breeding structures yesterday.

Approximately 290 households raise oysters on Lang Co Bay, using old tyres held up by wooden sticks. With 500 such structures, one household can produce about four tonnes of oysters per year, resulting in profits of VND40-50 million (US$1,900-2,380).

However, the tires also create an eyesore on Lang Co Bay, situated 60km from Hue and 20km from Da Nang and recognised as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The 1,600-hectare Lap An lagoon is currently occupied by more than a million old tyres.

The People's Committee originally imposed the deadline of August 15 for residents to tear down the structures, but lacked the funds to implement the decision.

"Moving the structures was difficult because we could not find a new place for them. Moreover, we did not have enough funds to support local residents to enroll in vocational training and find new jobs," said deputy chairman of the committee Tran Dinh Vui.

Authorities plan to tell the residents to tear down the structures as soon as possible.

"Local residents have raised oysters for generations and it's their main income, so it's very hard for them to quit the job and we want to give them enough time," said Vui.

More than VND12 million ($570) was supplied by the Phu Loc District People's Committee for the project, but nearly VND3.6 billion ($171,400) was needed. — VNS

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