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Lobster reported dying in Quang Ngai province

Update: October, 02/2015 - 17:30

The dead lobsters weigh between 300gr and 500gr. — Photo 24h.com.vn

QUẢNG NGÃI (VNS) — Lobster farmers in Lý Sơn Island of central Quang Ngai province are suffering from severe losses due to the death of lobsters  in recent days.

Within the last week, 15 per cent of lobsters raised in the district have been reported dead, Lê Văn Đoi, Deputy Head of Economic and Rural Infrastructure Department said.

Đoi said the dead ones weigh between 300gr and 500gr.

Võ Văn Thành, a local farmer in An Vĩnh commune said although he has been checking and conducting sanitary treatment for the cages, but he could not find the reason for the deaths.

Thành also said the price of the lobster breed ranges from VNĐ320,000 to VNĐ350,000 (US$14.2-$15.6), hence, four to five lobster breeds dying per day is costing farmers more than VND1 million ($44.5).

In the market, the price of commercial lobsters continues to drop to as much as half compared to last year. For most farmers, their entire capital and loans are poured into raising lobsters so bankruptcy is quite possible, Thành said.

Deputy Head of the Veterinary Station of the district, Truong Dinh Nho said the station has co-operated with related agencies to investigate the cause.

According to the investigation, some farming households bought lobster breeds of an unknown origin and failed to comply with farming procedures, thereby affecting the growth of lobsters.

Moreover, when the lobsters got sick, farmers were unable to promptly detect early signs of disease resulting in mass deaths.

On the other hand, it could also be caused by hot weather, oxygen deficiency at the bottom of the water body or from contamination caused by leftover food, Nho said.

The Economic and Rural Infrastructure Department is co-ordinating with local agencies to encourage farmers to harvest sellable lobsters, move the cages and lobsters to other farming areas not affected by pollution. — VNS

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