Master plan to protect sea

vietnamnews

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”

Advertisements

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.

Conference spotlights recovery of central marine ecology, Vietnam environment, climate change in Vietnam, Vietnam weather, Vietnam climate, pollution in Vietnam, environmental news, sci-tech news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietna

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.

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, trawler, fishing, central region

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

vietnamnews

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

channelnewsasia

 
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

vietnamnet

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.

Hon Cau Marine Protected Area, Vinh Tan 1 Power Company, waste dumping project, Vietnam economy, Vietnamnet bridge, English news about Vietnam, Vietnam news, news about Vietnam, English news, Vietnamnet news, latest news on Vietnam, Vietnam
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

vietnamnews

Update: July, 06/2017 – 09:40

Thu Vân

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

FP

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

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

channelnewsasia

 
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”

PM cracks down on illegal fishing

vietnamnews

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.
Continue reading “PM cracks down on illegal fishing”

Bottom trawling a threat to the ocean, fishermen

vietnamnews

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. Continue reading “Bottom trawling a threat to the ocean, fishermen”

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

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.

vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, TPP, US President Obama, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, vn news, Vietnam breaking news, coral reefs, con dao, Binh Dinh

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. Continue reading “Scientists warn about danger to VN coral reefs”

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

Continue reading “ASEAN Could Take Lead on Plastic Crisis in Asia”

‘Zero recovery’ for Great Barrier Reef corals in back-to-back bleaching

Researchers said last month they were detecting another round of mass bleaching this year after a severe event in 2016, and their fears were confirmed after aerial surveys of the entire 2,300km long bio-diverse reef.

Last year, the northern areas of the World Heritage-listed reef were hardest hit, with the middle-third now experiencing the worst effects. Continue reading “‘Zero recovery’ for Great Barrier Reef corals in back-to-back bleaching”