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October 6, 2015

Vietnam

Lobster Disease in Quang Ngai

 

Lobster farmers on Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai are experiencing severe mortalities.  In the last week, 15 percent of their lobsters died when they reached 300 to 500 grams, and no one knows why.  At that size, the lobsters are worth from $14.20 to $15.60 each, so the farmer that loses four or five lobster a day is losing a significant portion of his income.  In addition, compared to the same period last year, the price for lobsters has dropped by as much as fifty percent, so many farmers face bankruptcy.  The mortalities could be caused by hot weather, pollution, oxygen deficiency or contamination caused by leftover food.  The Economic and Rural Infrastructure Department and other government agencies encourage farmers to harvest their marketable lobsters and move their cages to farming areas not affected by pollution.

 

Source: Vietnam News.  Quang Ngai Lobster Farmers Suffer After Mystery Disease.  October 5, 2015.

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