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Kien Giang tackles pollution at major fishing port

Update: February, 10/2014 - 08:29

KIEN GIANG (VNS)— The southern province of Kien Giang has begun implementing a comprehensive plan to address environmental pollution at Tac Cau Port, one of the largest fishing ports in the country.

For almost a decade, Tac Cau Port, located on the riverside in Chau Thanh District, has been a hot spot for environmental pollution, with thousands of tonnes of seafood running through fishing factories out to the market every year leaving behind untreated waste that is poured straight into the river.

"11 fishing factories in the area have built waste water treatment systems, but they are only used when inspections take place," said Quach Chieu Binh, a Binh An environment official.

Local people had to endure the sight of black water flowing out from huge drainage pipes and inhale smoke from the rice husk companies used as fuel, Binh added.

To deal with the problem, the province has decided to set up teams of inspectors at Tac Cau fishing port's industrial zone membering officials from Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the environmental crime investigation section and the Chau Thanh District Division of natural resources and environment. The teams will increase patrols and inspections of factories which are polluting the environment.

Fish processing facilities which do not meet environmental protection requirements will be suspended and not allowed to resume operations until they have resolved the problem.

What matters more is that factories have to be aware of the problems they have been causing, and invest in waste treatment equipment to ensure trash and sewage is treated properly.

The province also wants to establish a Fishmeal Processing Association while trying to make sure that fishmeal production is not harmful to the environment.

Research for an effective management model of Tac Cau Port is being carried out in an effort to ensure the balance between economic growth and environmental protection. — VNS

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