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Wednesday, 06/09/2017 14:41

Đồng Tháp releases million fish into the wild as stocks decline

Over a million fish were released into the Tien River in Dong Thap Province on Monday as part of efforts to regenerate aquatic resources. – Photo
Viet Nam News

DONG THAP – Dong Thap Province authorities released over a million fish into the Tien River in Sa Dec city on Monday as part of efforts to regenerate aquatic resources.

They released silver barb, red-tailed tinfoil, tra fish and other species to restock the river and raise awareness of overfishing.

The fish weighed over 600 kilogrammes in total and cost VND130 million (US$ 5,720).

The event was organised by the local Department of Agriculture and Rural Development together with the province’s Buddhist Sangha.

The organisers called for the public’s help in preserving and developing aquatic resources.

The province’s Fisheries Sub-department has banned fishing in the Tien River in the vicinity of Sa Dec from September 4 to 9 to protect the newly released fish. 

According to the sub-department, climate change and excessive fishing mean aquatic resources are unable to regenerate fast enough and have seriously declines, especially rare, valuable species. — VNS

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