Vietnam sea poisoned by economic, tourism activities

Last update 07:10 | 13/11/2017
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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has warned that the fishing output has exceeded the permitted limit by 30 percent, especially aquatic creatures of the bottom layer. While the average permitted exploitation limit is 2.45 million tons a year, the total exploitation output has reached 3.1 million tons. Continue reading “Vietnam sea poisoned by economic, tourism activities”
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Marine Protected Areas given power to protect sea turtles

Last update 07:50 | 03/11/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam has given power to officials working in marine protected areas (MPAs) in an effort to protect sea turtles. vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, sea turle, Cu Lao Cham, Con Dao Island

The MPA officers have the right to detain individuals who commit violations of MPA rules.

Nguyen Chu Hoi, former deputy director general of the Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands, said that sea turtles live in many habitats and ecosystems during migration and development. The presence of sea turtles is considered one of the indicators of the health of the marine environment. Continue reading “Marine Protected Areas given power to protect sea turtles”

Ocean acidification is deadly threat to marine life, finds eight-year study

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Plastic pollution, overfishing, global warming and increased acidification from burning fossil fuels means oceans are increasingly hostile to marine life

Scientists haul in samples of seawater in Svalbard, Norway. Greenpeace is working with the German marine research institute to investigate ocean acidification
Scientists haul in samples of seawater in Svalbard, Norway. Greenpeace is working with the German marine research institute to investigate ocean acidification. Photograph: Nick Cobbing/Greenpeace

If the outlook for marine life was already looking bleak – torrents of plastic that can suffocate and starve fish, overfishing, diverse forms of human pollution that create dead zones, the effects of global warming which is bleaching coral reefs and threatening coldwater species – another threat is quietly adding to the toxic soup. Continue reading “Ocean acidification is deadly threat to marine life, finds eight-year study”

What will Vietnam’s seafood industry do if it receives yellow card from the EU?

 Last update 08:00 | 11/10/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam has been warned that it will receive a yellow card if it doesn’t implement EU demands on fighting IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing.vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, EU, VASEP. IUU
Ngo Viet Hoai, deputy general director of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Seafood Processing & Import/Export Company, said if the EU gives a yellow card warning, 100 percent of seafood containers to be exported to the EU will be subject to inspection in terms of fishing sources. Continue reading “What will Vietnam’s seafood industry do if it receives yellow card from the EU?”

Tourism firm fined for encroaching on Nha Trang Bay

Last update 15:46 | 06/10/2017

Champarama Travel Joint Stock Company have been fined VND70 million (USD3,200) for encroaching upon Nha Trang Bay in the central province of Khanh Hoa.

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Champarama Travel JS Company poured stone and soil into Nha Trang Bay to absorb over 17,500 square metres 

According to Khanh Hoa Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, local authorities have decided to fine the company a total VND105 million (USD4,772) for its violations. Continue reading “Tourism firm fined for encroaching on Nha Trang Bay”

Japan kills 177 whales in Pacific campaign: Government

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A Japanese whaling ship leaves the port of Shimonoseki in December 2015. (Photo: AFP/Jiji Press)

TOKYO: Japan said on Tuesday (Sep 26) it killed 177 whales off its northeast coast in an annual hunt that sparks anger among animal rights activists and others.

Three ships which left port in June returned with 43 minke whales and 134 sei whales, the number stipulated beforehand, according to the country’s fisheries agency. Continue reading “Japan kills 177 whales in Pacific campaign: Government”

Master plan to protect sea

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Update: September, 09/2017 – 09:00

Fisherwomen in the central province of Thanh Hóa unfurl their fishing nets in the early morning on Sầm Sơn Beach. — VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đạt

The plan will map out sea-based socio-economic activities until 2035 in line with integrated management of sea and island resources and environment.

It focuses on marine environment and resources, the value of marine ecosystems and appropriate exploitation of the sea.

The plan is being built in accordance with the Việt Nam Law on Sea and the Law on Việt Nam’s Sea and Island Natural Resources and Environment. Continue reading “Master plan to protect sea”

Conference spotlights recovery of central marine ecology

Last update 19:21 | 31/08/2017

A conference took place in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue on August 31 to discuss the protection and resilience of the marine ecosystem in the waters in the four central regions that suffered from mass fish deaths last year.

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Mass fish deaths, caused by wastewater discharged by Taiwan’s Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh steel company, were first reported in Ha Tinh on April 6, 2016. The incident also occurred in Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue.

As a result, more than 200 kilometres of coastline were polluted, devastating the marine environment and local economies of those provinces, which largely rely on fishing and tourism. Continue reading “Conference spotlights recovery of central marine ecology”

More fish die as extirpative exploitation continues

Last update 08:27 | 21/08/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Fishermen’s use of extirpative equipment, including explosive and small-mesh nets, is causing the disappearance of many aquatic species.

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At night, 10 trawlers gather in the Binh Chau coastal waters in Quang Ngai province to catch all kinds of aquatic creatures, including the smallest fish and shrimp the activity damages coral reefs.

“Our fishing nets and fish cages are also ‘swept away’ by trawlers. If you complain about that, you will be threatened with death,” said Nguyen Van Bay in An Hai commune of Ly Son district.

The Tam Giang – Cau Hai Lagoon, covering 22,000 hectares, which crosses five districts and communes of Thua Thien – Hue province, has plentiful aquatic resources. There are 15,000 people living on aquaculture and fishery.

Truong Viet Phuong, one of the local fishermen, said there were many fish and it was easy to fish to earn a living. However, fish resources are declining and he now catches several kilos every day.

Dang Viet Nuoc, deputy chair of the Quang An commune, said local men usually hover around lagoon areas, mostly in September and October, and use 500V electricity to catch fish.

Fishermen’s use of extirpative equipment, including explosive and small-mesh nets, is causing the disappearance of many aquatic species.

“The men just need 15 minutes to catch all aquatic creatures because they use extirpative equipment,” he explained.

The destructive fishing has seriously affected the aquatic resources in the localities and caused pollution. Continue reading “More fish die as extirpative exploitation continues”

Ministry backtracks on dumping

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Update: August, 10/2017 – 01:00

Hòn Cau marine protected area in Tuy Phong District, central province of Bình Thuận.The environment ministry has agreed not to dump nearly one million cubic metre of waste mud discarded by Vĩnh Tân 4 thermal power plant into the sea area. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — The environment ministry has agreed not to dump nearly one million cubic metre of waste mud discarded by a power plant into Bình Thuận Province’s sea following public outcry against the plan.The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Ministry reported on Wednesday that it approved a proposal by Bình Thuận authorities in which the mud and waste sand of Vĩnh Tân 1 thermal power plant would be dumped at Vĩnh Tân Port instead of the sea. Continue reading “Ministry backtracks on dumping”

Rice to riches: Vietnam’s shrimp farmers fish for fortunes

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The Mekong Delta, long renowned as the “rice bowl of Vietnam”, is now also home to a multi-billion-dollar shrimp industry and burgeoning numbers of farmers are building fortunes from the small crustaceans. (Photo: AFP/Roberto SCHMIDT)

SOC TRANG, Vietnam: With a flashy gold watch and a chunky matching ring, Tang Van Cuol looks a far cry from the average Vietnamese farmer as he slings back a shot of rice wine and boasts about his projected earnings.

After years scratching a living growing rice and onions or farming ducks, the 54-year-old says his life was transformed in 2000 – by shrimp.

The Mekong Delta, long renowned as the “rice bowl of Vietnam”, is now also home to a multi-billion-dollar shrimp industry and burgeoning numbers of farmers are building fortunes from the small crustaceans. Continue reading “Rice to riches: Vietnam’s shrimp farmers fish for fortunes”

Scientists survey environment in sea area targeted for dumping

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Last update 15:32 | 28/07/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – A team of eight scientists arrived in the central province of Binh Thuan on Thursday to assess the environmental protection plan related to the controversial dumping of sludge into the sea.

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The Hon Cau Marine Protected Area in Binh Thuan Province contains a 2km coral reef and 234 kinds of coral where many kinds of lobster live.

On June 23, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment granted a licence to the Vinh Tan 1 Thermal Power Plant to sink one million cubic metres of sludge near the Hon Cau Marine Protected Area, one of 16 such areas in the country.

The Hon Cau Marine Protected Area contains a 2km long coral reef and 234 kinds of corals that is home to many rare marine species. Continue reading “Scientists survey environment in sea area targeted for dumping”

Down in the dumps over a ‘natural’ compromise

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Update: July, 06/2017 – 09:40

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Earlier this month, the Environment Minister said “we can’t dump waste into the sea.”

More than understandable, given all the facts and dire warnings that were brought to the fore on World Oceans Day (June 8).

And no Vietnamese will ever forget what happened in April last year when steel maker Formosa discharged untreated effluents into the sea, killing millions of fish and disrupting, if not destroying, the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people living on the country’s central coast. Continue reading “Down in the dumps over a ‘natural’ compromise”

Asia Is Trawling for a Deadly Fishing War

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

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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. Continue reading “Asia Is Trawling for a Deadly Fishing War”

Indonesian police foil attempt to smuggle 200,000 lobster eggs into Singapore: Reports

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File photo of a lobster. (Photo: Reuters)

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities foiled an attempt to illegally export more than 200,000 lobster eggs into Singapore through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, reported the Jakarta Post on Sunday (Jun 11).

The suspects had attempted to deliver a big part of the goods via a Garuda Indonesia flight to Singapore.

According to tribunnews.com, Indonesia’s National Police Special Crimes Directorate Chief Brigadier General Purwadi Arianto said: “We confiscated 208,756 lobster eggs inside eight suitcases.” Continue reading “Indonesian police foil attempt to smuggle 200,000 lobster eggs into Singapore: Reports”