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National science committee to study fish deaths

Released at: 14:40, 05/05/2016

National science committee to study fish deaths

Ministry of Science and Technology establishes committee to identify reasons behind mass fish deaths on central and north-central coast.

by Nhi Linh

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) has established a national science and technology committee to analyze and assess the reasons behind the mass fish deaths along the central and north-central coast.

Professor Chau Van Minh, President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, will head the committee and has already met experts from Germany, the US and Israel to identify the issues.

The committee will focus on all chemical, biological and meteorological factors.

MoST said that, to date, almost 100 experts from 30 research institutes and universities have worked on determining the reasons the fish have died.

Hundreds of samples of dead fish, seawater, sediment and plankton have been analyzed in a bid to identify any aquatic disease, toxic algae, or chemical toxins. Data on earthquakes, which may cause heat shock, and on sea flows and oil spills have also been collected.

The results will be analyzed using modern equipment from the US, Japan and Sweden.

Initial analysis has ruled out disease, oil spills and heat shock from earthquakes, while doubt has been cast over biological and chemical causes being responsible.

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