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Thừa Thiên Huế Province reports mass fish deaths

Update: July, 15/2016 - 17:24
Farmers collect dead fish in Hải Dương Commune, Hương Trà Town, on Thursday morning. — Photo:
Viet Nam News

THỪA THIÊN HUẾ — Fish have died en masse in farming cages in the central Thừa Thiên Huế Province, causing distress to farmers who fear they have lost all the money they invested.

The dead fish were found floating in the water in farming cages in Hải Dương Commune in Hương Trà Town on Thursday morning.

Local farmer Hà Văn Trường said he had lost 400kg of high-quality fish such as American red snapper and grouper overnight.

He said each kilo of fish cost VNĐ450,000 (US$20)on average, but they now had to be sold at VNĐ70,000.

Farmer Nguyễn Thị Xuân said about 250kg of her family’s fish died at about 2am.

“We have to collect the dead fish and sell them immediately to get as much money as we can,” she said.

Head of Hải Dương Commune’s economic and infrastructure section Lê Văn Anh said the cause of the fish deaths might be related to the weather, as initial test results showed the oxygen level in the water in the area was just one-fourth of normal conditions.

“This is probably the reason,” he said.

The authority would conduct further tests and investigations to identify the cause of the deaths and seek a solution to mitigate the consequences, he said.

It is the second time this year that fish have died en masse in this region. Seventy 70 farming cages were affected by fish deaths in May. — VNS


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