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November 30, 2015

Vietnam

Illegal Shrimp Farms Pollute Beautiful Lang Co Bay

 

Lang Co Bay in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful bays by the World’s Best Bay Club, is being damaged and polluted by illegal shrimp farms.

 

Most of the shrimp farms in the area are operating without permission from local authorities.  Most of Lang Co Town’s households located along Highway 1-A use their gardens as shrimp farms.  The waste of these farms is poured into Lap An Lagoon and then flows to Lang Co Bay.

 

Tran Van Giang, Chairman of Lang Co Town People’s Committee, said, “We fined each household $45 to $90 for the violations, but the situation has not improved.  We have also told the provincial authorities and hope they’ll offer solutions.  We know the untreated waste will seriously affect Lap An Lagoon and Lang Co Bay and have warned households of the possibility that their farms would be closed due to the violations.  Most of the ponds are just a few hundred square meters and lack waste treatment systems.  Nearly 100 households are operating shrimp ponds illegally in Lang Co Town.

 

Source: Vietnam Net Bridge.  Illegal Shrimp Farms Pollute World-Recognized Lang Co Bay.  November 28, 2015.

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