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Cause of mass fish kill to be released

Update: May, 16/2016 - 09:11
Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Phạm Công Tạc said that sufficient scientific evidence has been collected to conclude the cause of unusual fish deaths that occurred in the central coastal region in early April, which will be announced soon.– Photo tienphong.vn

HÀ NỘI – Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Phạm Công Tạc said that sufficient scientific evidence has been collected to conclude the cause of unusual fish deaths that occurred in the central coastal region in early April, which will be announced soon.

At a press briefing in Hà Nội Saturday, Tạc said all evidence pointed to the two most likely causes of toxic substances and algae, adding that other causes such as seismic impact, heat shock and diseases have been ruled out.

This was the result of more than a month of research by domestic and foreign scientists from Japan, Germany, France, the US and Israel, he said, noting that the Ministry of Science and Technology had established a Council of Scientific and Technological Experts for the purpose of collaborative research in the four affected provinces.

The mass fish deaths were first reported in waters off of Vũng Áng Port and Kỳ Anh Township in the central province of Hà Tĩnh on April 6. The phenomenon later spread to Quảng Bình on April 10, Thừa Thiên-Huế on April 15 and Quảng Trị on April 16, and lasted until May 4.

On April 24-26, brown sea tides were also spotted in the region.

Then on May 4, a streak of reddish sea water appeared along the shoreline of a beach in Quảng Bình, but it faded several days later. — VNS

 

 

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