Mass fish deaths reported in fresh water cages

Update: April, 07/2017 – 18:00

A breeder and his dead fish. — VNS Photo Điền Quang

THỪA THIÊN- HUẾ — Fish breeding in floating cages in central Thừa Thiên-Huế Province’s river have died en mass, resulting in huge losses for breeders.

The fish deaths occurred earlier this week in Bồ River’s section running across the province’s Hương Toàn Commune in Hương Trà District. Breeders said the fish were almost ready to harvest; therefore, they were expected to incur significant losses for this breeding season.

Trần Kiêm Hiệu, a breeder, said there were some 50 dead fish in each of his cages.

“On average, fish weighed 1kg each and was ready for harvest. We face estimated loss of VNĐ1 million (US$85) per day,” he said.

Trần Đức Gắng, another breeder, said almost all his fish were dead and he could lose VNĐ100 million due to the incident.

Gắng explained that in summer, the river water level is lower and fish died due to the shortage of oxygen.

Gắng and others demanded the release of water from the Hương Điền power plant, which blocked water on the upper part of the Bồ River.

Nguyễn Xuân Ty, the district chairman, affirmed the case, saying local authorities and the Department of Fishery had checked the site. Ty said they were working with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to ask the plant to release water into the river.

Following the mass fish deaths caused by Formosa toxic spill in the part of the sea bordering Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên-Huế provinces, breeding fresh water fish in floating cages has bloomed, including in the communes of Phong Điền, Quảng Điền and Hương Trà Districts. — VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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