Deep-sea fishing banned in Formosa spill area

Fishermen from the central provinces, which saw the Formosa spill, have been warned not to catch species living in the deepest levels of the ocean for 20 nautical miles offshore. Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình issued this advisory on Wednesday during a meeting with related agencies to discuss the environmental disaster caused by the toxic spill from Taiwanese company Hưng Nghiệp Formosa’s steel plant in the central province of Hà Tĩnh in April last year. Bình said fishermen from Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên-Huế provinces, all affected by the spill, should wait until the Ministry of Health releases a final post-test confirmation that the fish in the deepest regions of the ocean are safe for consumption. This fish population at this level needs more time to recover from the toxic spill, he added.

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