Permanent measures sought to prevent fish deaths in Saigon’s iconic canal

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 04/15/2017 08:20 GMT + 7

Experts and authorities in Ho Chi Minh City are concerned over the mass fish deaths occurring in an iconic canal following unseasonal rains.

The phenomenon has been happening for years along the Nhieu Loc- Thi Nghe Canal, typically at the beginning of the annual rainy season, though unseasonal downpours earlier this month seem to have had the same fatal affect on the canal’s marine life.

Though the reason behind the phenomenon has already been determined, a variety of proposed solutions has failed to bring about a permanent fix.

According to an employee at the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environment Company, downpours at the beginning of April left hundreds of kilograms of dead fish floating in the canal.

Along several sections of the waterway, bubbles pop along the water’s surface, indicating a release of toxic gas from the mud layering the bottom of the canal, a hazard previously identified by that the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The most serious mass death was recorded on May 17 and 18, 2016 with over 70 metric tons of fish being killed.

Doctor Vu Cam Luong, a local expert, attributed the problem to sudden changes to the canal’s marine environment at the beginning of the rainy season.

Luong’s recommended solution is to lower the amount of tilapia living in the canal by 30 percent to balance the habitat.

Pumping machines should also be installed under the water’s surface to increase the oxygen available to the fish, he explained.

However, Luong’s approach is considered to be very costly, a local official said, adding that the solution would come with a VND130 billion (US$5.7 million) price tag.

According to Vo Thi Mong Thu, an official from the city’s agriculture department, a plan to actively cope with the situation has been developed and evaluated by relevant agencies and is in the process of being approved by the municipal People’s Committee.

Regarding the application of zeolite chemical substance to absorb the toxic gas, Thu stated it was a passive measure and only recommended for closed lakes.

For a permanent solution, regular dredging should be carried out prior to the rainy season to remove the toxic mud layer.

Tran Van Giau, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Inland Waterway Administration, stated that a dredging plan would be submitted to the municipal Department of Transport next week.

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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 dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). 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.

One thought on “Permanent measures sought to prevent fish deaths in Saigon’s iconic canal

  1. Hồi trước ở Sài Gòn nhà mình cách bờ kinh Nhiêu Lộc chừng 150m. Đây là một con kinh nước đen như mực. Nhiều nhà sàn sống ngay trên bờ kinh là sống với mùi hôi thường trực, rất tội. Việc nhà nước biến một con kinh như vậy thành “iconic canal’ về du lịch của thành phố Sài Gòn là chuyện không nhỏ hơn phép lạ. Không một người Sài Gòn nào lại có thể tưởng tượng con kinh nước đen đó trở thành một con kinh hơi đục, chứ đừng nói là con kinh du lịch.

    Mong quý vị tiếp tục bảo trì nó, vì đã tốn quá nhiều công lao đễ xây dựng nó.

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