Lobsters die en masse in Vietnam’s south-central bay, oxygen depletion suspected


Updated : 05/26/2017 13:47 GMT + 7

Over 10,000 lobsters raised in Xuan Dai Bay in south-central Phu Yen Province have been found dead over the past two days, with oxygen depletion likely to be the cause.

The aquatic hypoxia might have been the result of long days of sun followed by a sudden downpour on Wednesday afternoon, a local leader said.

According to Nguyen Huu Dai, deputy head of Song Cau Town’s vet station in Phu Yen Province, around 10,000 lobsters that were about to be harvested were killed in the incident.

At the market price of between VND800,000 (US$35) and VND1.2 million ($53) per kilogram of lobster, farm owners affected by the mass deaths have lost roughly tens of billions of dong, Dai said. (VND10 billion = $440,530)

“Our family has about 1,100 lobsters in our farm, which had been scheduled for sale to merchants on Thursday,” said Tran Thi Quang, a local lobster farm owner.

“Who could have thought that they would all turn up dead like this.”

According to Luong Cong Tuan, deputy chairman of Song Cau Town, continuous sunny days followed by a sudden thunderstorm on Wednesday afternoon might have depleted the bottom water level of oxygen, leading to the mass lobster deaths.

“Similar occurrences are reported every year when long days of sun couple with a heavy downpour,” Tuan said.

“We have advised farm owners to raise their lobster cages higher, as oxygen levels at the bottom of the bay may still not be enough for the animals to survive.”

“Another concern right now is that the rainy season may cause water in Xuan Dai Bay to become freshened, leading to more lobster deaths due to freshwater shock,” Tuan added.

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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.

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