Vietnam’s environment protection chief dismissed over Formosa disaster

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 06/21/2017 18:16 GMT + 7

Luong Duy Hanh is seen in this file photo.

A chief of environmental protection operations under Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has been dismissed for his management oversight that had led to the Formosa disaster last year.

Luong Duy Hanh, director of the Department of Control of Environmental Protection Activities, has been removed from his position, a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper said, quoting the decision of the Vietnam Environment Administration.

Results from the Central Inspection Committee showed that Hanh, during his time in office, failed to correctly monitor the activities of the Vietnamese steel subsidiary of Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Group in the north-central province of Ha Tinh. Tiếp tục đọc

Asia Is Trawling for a Deadly Fishing War


Growing tensions between Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen are just one signal of a looming conflict over the region’s depleted waters.

Photography by Karim Mostafa

June 16, 2017

THALVUPADU, Sri Lanka — Stanley Cruz, a fisher in this beachside village on the island of Mannar off Sri Lanka’s northwestern coast, stands with his bare feet in the sand, holding up a green net between his hands.

“This is the kind of net, you see. Last week, we lost many hundreds of these. Twelve of us fishers, when we went out to get them in the morning they were gone,” he says.

He points toward the waters behind him: the Palk Strait, a narrow body of water separating Sri Lanka from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Cruz was out the night before, laying his nets in the sea, just like thousands of other fishers from both sides of the strait. But when he went to get them in the morning, they were gone. Tiếp tục đọc

PM cracks down on illegal fishing


Update: May, 29/2017 – 15:00

Illustrative photo: Fishing vessels near the Sa Kỳ Port in central Quảng Ngãi Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hùng
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has requested country leaders to heighten their focus on preventing Vietnamese fishermen from illegally harvesting seafood in foreign waters.

In official order No 732 issued on Sunday, the Prime Minister acknowledged that the situation is ongoing and has been getting more serious since the end of 2015 in the central provinces of Quảng Ngãi, Bình Định, and Bình Thuận, as well as southern provinces of Kiên Giang, Cà Mau, Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, Bến Tre and Tiền Giang.
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Bottom trawling a threat to the ocean, fishermen


Update: May, 15/2017 – 16:48

Similar to using boats, a manual form of bottom trawling – which also makes use of huge nets that can cover a portion of nearshore sea – can drag in every form of sea life in that area, and a still common in the central province of Nghệ An. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Văn Nhật
CENTRAL REGION — Bottom trawling is a particularly destructive method of fishing, in which huge weighted nets are dragged on the sea floor, catching everything in their path.Nguyễn Văn Việt, a fisherman from Hoài Nhơn District in the province of Bình Định, said locals here considered bottom trawlers to be ‘sea demons.’

“The setup is either one trawler or two trawlers running in tandem, dragging a huge net with very fine holes, scooping up fish of all sizes. Other than the fact that all sea creatures are caught and bycatches are discarded, the ecosystem along the sea floor is irreparably damaged,” Việt said. Tiếp tục đọc

Vietnam refinery permitted to discharge wastewater into sea


Updated : 05/04/2017 12:27 GMT + 7

A north-central Vietnamese province has given the green light for an under-construction oil refinery to release treated wastewater directly into the sea for the next ten months.

The Thanh Hoa administration confirmed on Wednesday that it had granted a wastewater discharge license to the Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical LLC (NSRP), the developer of the Nghi Son refinery.

The license entitles NSRP to the approval to release wastewater produced during the facility’s cleaning and trial-run processes into the near-shore waters off Hai Yen Commune, Tinh Gia District for a ten-month period ending February 28, 2018.

The allowable volumes of water discharged range from 480 cubic meters to 500 cubic meters per 24-hour period, according to the approval document signed by the provincial deputy chairman Nguyen Duc Quyen.

NSRP is required to meet all standards of wastewater treatment and regularly monitor the discharge. Should the developer fail to meet the required standards, it will be forced to cease dumping the wastewater and be held legally responsible.

The Thanh Hoa environment department and Tinh Gia administration have been tasked with overseeing the refinery’s wastewater release.

The US$9.3 billion Nghi Son refinery broke ground in October 2013 and had initially been scheduled for completion by December 31, 2016.

Nguyen Van Thi, head of the management board of all industrial parks in Thanh Hoa, said the months-long delay of the refinery’s completion did not result in any serious consequences.

“Construction work took longer than expected, but that isn’t an issue in the EPC [Engineering, Procurement, and Construction] contract,” Thi was quoted by Dan Tri (Intellectual) newswire as saying.

The official said the Nghi Son refinery is scheduled to produce its first batch of products during a test run in July and officially begin operations in October.

The Nghi Son refinery is located along Vietnam’s central coast, some 150km north of the Taiwanese-developed Formosa steel mill in Ha Tinh Province.

The Formosa facility is responsible for dumping improperly treated wastewater directly into the ocean, resulting in massive fish deaths along the coast last year.

New Straits Times
(File pix) Mexican tuna is on display at a fish market in Mexico City, Mexico April 25, 2017. The United Nations is marking the first World Tuna Day with calls to conserve one of the globe’s most popular fish to be caught and eaten. REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations is marking the first World Tuna Day with calls to conserve one of the globe’s most popular fish to be caught and eaten.

General Assembly President Peter Thomson said Tuesday that tuna plays a critical role “in sustainable development, food security, economic opportunity, and livelihoods of people around the world.”

He says tuna species, which are highly migratory, account for 20 percent of the value of all fish caught and over 8 percent of all internationally traded seafood.

The former Fijian ambassador adds in a statement: “Regrettably, with the decline in the health of the ocean, the fish stocks including tuna face growing threats and an uncertain future.”

The General Assembly established World Tuna Day in December to reinforce its importance to nations around the globe. –AP

Phá hơn 100 ha rừng để… kịp thi hoa hậu!

(PL)- Phú Yên cho doanh nghiệp phá hơn 100 ha rừng phòng hộ ven biển để làm sân golf khi chưa giao đất, chưa chuyển mục đích sử dụng…

Ngày 21-4, ông Mai Kim Lộc, Phó Giám đốc Sở TN&MT tỉnh Phú Yên, xác nhận UBND tỉnh đã cho phép phá 116 ha rừng phòng hộ ven biển tại xã An Phú, TP Tuy Hòa để Công ty TNHH New City Việt Nam thực hiện dự án khu du lịch cao cấp New City Việt Nam.

Điều đáng nói là khu rừng phòng hộ ven biển này bị phá trắng nhưng đến nay vẫn chưa trình hồ sơ lên Thủ tướng để xin chuyển mục đích sử dụng đất.

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Scientists warn about danger to VN coral reefs

Last update 10:15 | 16/02/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Coral reefs, which provide a habitat for aquatic creatures, are increasingly in danger because of human exploitation activities.

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Binh Dinh province has 134km of coastline with coastal waters surrounded by small islands and a diverse ecosystem comprising coral reefs, seagrass beds and aquatic animals.

The province is rich in aquatic resources with more than 500 fish species, 38 of which have high economic value. Pelagic fish accounts for 65 percent of total reserves, about 38,000 tons, while ground fish accounts for 35 percent of total reserves, or 22,000 tons.

The province has the fleet of 7,339 fishing boats with total capacity of 980,838 CV. The sea resources and biodiversity in the locality bring a comfortable life to local people.

However, Tran Van Phuc, deputy director of Binh Dinh Agriculture Department, said the environment and local biodiversity have been seriously degrading. Tiếp tục đọc

ASEAN Could Take Lead on Plastic Crisis in Asia

Asia Foundation

April 19, 2017

By John J. Brandon

April 22 marks Earth Day around the globe. I was in 8th grade when Earth Day was first commemorated in 1970, and to mark the day, I participated in annual trash clean-up events at my school. At that time, my world was pretty much the town where I grew up in New Jersey and I didn’t think very much about the rest of the world, I just wanted my neighborhood to be clean. But eight years later, my world expanded when I went to live and work in Bangkok. I vividly remember being struck by the amount of plastic bags, bottles, and wrapping on the streets and in the city’s once-many canals. Now, after four decades of traveling in Southeast Asia, I have witnessed the plague of the plastic bag across pretty much every major city in the region.

Manila Bay garbage

A polluted Manila Bay. It is estimated that some plastic products take more than 400 years to decompose, especially in deep waters. Photo/Flickr user Adam Cohn

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Nhiệt điện than phá hủy môi trường biển

09:40 PM – 17/02/2017 Thanh Niên Online
Một góc Khu bảo tồn biển Hòn Cau /// Quế Hà
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Chương trình do CHANGE (Trung tâm Hành động và liên kết vì môi trường và phát triển) phối hợp với Chính phủ Canada và Phong trào toàn cầu về biến đổi khí hậu tổ chức ngày 17.2 tại TP.HCM.

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Phó thủ tướng: Mở đợt cao điểm tấn công ‘cát tặc’

VNExpress Thứ ba, 7/3/2017 | 21:00 GMT+7

Tình trạng khai thác cát sỏi trái phép diễn ra nhức nhối ở nhiều địa phương trên cả nước, tuy nhiên đến nay mới duy nhất thành phố Hà Nội truy tố hình sự được một vụ vi phạm.

Ngày 7/3, phát biểu tại cuộc họp về tình hình khai thác cát sỏi trái phép, Phó thủ tướng Trương Hòa Bình yêu cầu các lực lượng chức năng mở đợt cao điểm tấn công trấn áp tội phạm trong lĩnh vực này từ ngày 15/3 đến 1/6… Các bộ ngành liên quan cần tạm dừng cấp phép xuất khẩu cát nhiễm mặn tận thu từ các dự án xã hội hoá.

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Hundreds of whales wash up dead on New Zealand beach

WELLINGTON: More than 400 whales were stranded on a New Zealand beach on Friday (Feb 10), with hundreds already dead as volunteers tried to refloat the survivors, the Department of Conservation said.

Andrew Lamason, spokesman for the department, said it was one of the largest mass beachings recorded in New Zealand, where strandings are relatively common.

Lamason said 416 pilot whales beached themselves overnight at Farewell Spit in the Golden Bay region at the northern tip of South Island.

He said about 70 per cent had perished and attempts were underway to get the remaining whales offshore at high tide but the outlook was gloomy.

“With that number dead, you have to assume that the rest are in reasonably poor nick as well,” he told Radio New Zealand. “So we’re sort of preparing ourselves for a pretty traumatic period ahead.”

Taiwanese woman jailed for shark fins’ haul in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE: A Costa Rican court has sentenced a Taiwanese business owner to prison over a fishing haul of illegally hacked-off shark fins destined for sale abroad, officials and environmentalists said on Thursday (Feb 9).

The businesswoman, identified by her last name of Tseng, was ordered to spend six months behind bars. The verdict was handed down on Monday by the court in the western port city of Puntarenas.

It was the first criminal sentence in the country against the practice of shark finning, which involves slicing off a shark’s fins before dropping the live fish back in the sea. Unable to swim effectively, the wounded creature faces a grim future: suffocating, starving or being eaten.

Shark fins fetch a high price in Asia, where they are often used in soups served on special occasions.

Tseng’s was “a historic sentence,” said Gladys Martinez, lawyer for the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA).

Her case began in October 2011, when her fishing boat, the Wan Jia Men 88, was found with 151 sharks aboard. Their fins had been chopped off.

She was initially acquitted in 2014, but the matter went to appeal, and the Puntarenas court this week found her responsible for damage to Costa Rica’s natural resources.

The Central American country, known for its biodiversity, has ratified several treaties for the protection and sustainable use of marine resources.

Vietnam punishes 4 officials over Formosa environmental disaster

HANOI: Vietnam said on Thursday (Jan 26) it would punish four officials over one of its worst environmental disasters, caused by a unit of Taiwan conglomerate Formosa Plastics, in the first action against government officials ten months after the accident.

Formosa Ha Tinh Steel, which runs an US$11 billion steel plant, polluted more than 200km (125 miles) of coastline in April, killing more than 100 tonnes of fish and devastating the environment, jobs and economies of four provinces. Tiếp tục đọc


Friday, December 9, 2016 Mekong-Cuu Long

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Ngày nay, với thế kỷ 21, nhiều vấn đề môi sinh được đặt ra, vì dân số tăng, vì ô nhiễm, vì tài nguyên thiên nhiên thì có hạn mà sự tiêu thụ thì vô hạn; mãi đến những năm cuối cùng của thế kỷ 20, vào năm 1992, nhiều xứ họp tại  Rio ký bản thoả ước về bảo vệ tài nguyên trên trái đất, rồi đến hiệp ước Kyoto về giới hạn các sự phát thải các khí  trên bầu trời … Dĩ nhiên các đề tài  của những năm cuối thế kỷ 20 sẽ là tiền đề cho các cuộc thảo luận và thực thi để bảo vệ ngôi nhà chung của thế giới tránh khỏi các phá hủy môi sinh như phá rừng, nạn nhân mãn, thiên tai, sự liên hệ môi sinh và sức khoẻ, sự trở về thiên nhiên nối tâm linh vào khoa học.  Tiếp tục đọc