Mystery oil spill decimates shrimps in Vietnam resort town

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
15 March 2007, at 12:00am

VIET NAM - The oil slick that was first noticed last Sunday is killing off shrimps being bred along the sea in Vung Tau town in southern Vietnam with authorities continuing to remain in the dark about its source.

Breed stock began to die Tuesday in Long Dien district as water pumped into the shrimp ponds was darkened by the slick.

Nguyen Quang Huy, a local shrimp farmer, said around two million of his breed stock had perished causing losses of VND30 million (US$1,872).

Another farmer, Mai Duc Tu, too suffered with shrimps annihilated in all his five ponds.

Vung Tau’s Department of Fisheries has told affected shrimp farmers to stop work so that it could collect the water samples for further analysis.

With thousands of local residents mobilized for cleanup operations, 14 tons of spilled oil had been cleaned up so far in Vung Tau, the local administration reported Tuesday.