Vietnam central coast safe for swimming, aquaculture after disaster: study

The results of a study released on August 22 show that Vietnam’s central coast is again safe for swimming and aquaculture, four months after toxic effluents discharged by Taiwan-owned Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp caused mass fish deaths. Prof Mai Trong Nhuan of the Hanoi National University, who headed the study commissioned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said that coastal areas in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces have been recovering gradually. The presence of the toxic substance has reduced by 90 percent in samples taken in July and August and coral reefs are recovering, he said at a conference held in Quang Tri by the environment ministry and the Vietnam Institute for Science and Technology.