06 May '12, 8am

What’s causing large-scale #clam deaths in Ben Tre, #Mekong Delta and elsewhere in #Vietnam?

Large-scale clam deaths are also a headache in Ba Tri District according to local government staff who reported a 100% death rate in March and April 2011. They also blamed changing weather patterns and increased sea surface temperature and higher salinity. The An Thuy Clam Cooperative in Ba Tri is still suffering because it now lacks the clam seeds to sustain future harvests. Ben Tre’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has sent seed samples to the Research Institute for Aquaculture 2 in HCMC, Ca Mau Aquaculture Research Sub Institute, Research Institute for Aquaculture 3 in Nha Trang, and the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography to investigate the causes of the clam deaths. But so far the department has received no response.

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/about/union/secretariat/offices/asia/...

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