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Fishing ban remains a year on after Formosa toxic spill along Vietnam’s central coast

The Vietnamese government has asked four central provinces hit by the April 2016 environment disaster linked to the Taiwanese steel conglomerate Formosa to uphold a fishing ban within 20 nautical miles of the coast as the environment has yet to recover

Protesting Formosa Ha Tinh
Protesters sit on the gate outside Formosa Ha Tinh, October 2, 2016.

By VnExpress

Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, May 21, 2017

VnExpress

The Vietnamese government has asked four central provinces hit by an environment disaster linked to Taiwanese steel conglomerate Formosa to uphold a fishing ban within 20 nautical miles of the coast as the environment needs more time to recover, Tuoi Tre reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh gave the instruction at a meeting this week, referring to the no-fishing zones demarcated by the agriculture ministry last August, four months after the disaster caused by Formosa’s steel plant made global headlines.

Binh asked authorities in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue to uphold the ban until the health ministry concludes that seafood from the area is safe and that marine resources have recovered, the report said.

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