|Fish breeding cages in Cha Va River. Total initial loss following a mass death of fish five days ago in the river has amounted to VND5.3 billion (US$241,000). — Photo dantri.com|
BA RIA-VUNG TAU — A joint team of investigators from Long Son Commune People’s Committee and Agriculture Department reported the total initial loss following a mass death of fish five days ago in Cha Va River in has amounted to VND5.3 billion (US$241,000).
Fifteen fish-breeding farms in the commune in Vung Tau City were discussing their losses with the southern province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to find a compensation rate.
Among the 15 farms affected by the loss of the fish, fisherman Duong Van Hung suffered the highest financial loss of VND1.5 billion.
The agriculture department’s deputy director, Tran Van Cuong, said the financial loss was estimated, including the cost of fish fry, labourers and feed.
Fish started dying en masse in Cha Va River five days ago. Many fishermen believed the river was polluted by wastewater discharged by nearby seafood processing factories. — VNS