Temporary fish market pollutes Delta

Residents of My Long Ward in the Mekong Delta Province of An Giang asked local authorities for help dealing with environmental pollution from Long Xuyen fish market.

Every night around 11pm, hundreds of trucks transporting fish products to the market release wastewater directly onto the road.

Bui Van Tha, a resident of Pho Que village, said that the water was sometimes 7cm high, exceeding the capacity of the village’s sewage system and causing a bad smell that worsened in hot weather.

Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of My Long Ward Huynh Quoc Dung said the fish market had opened in early 2014 as a temporary trading space until a permanent market was built.

The committee required polluters to deal with the waste, he said.

Chief of the Secretariat of Long Xuyen City Tu Thanh Tri said city authorities had increased management over fish market operations and asked traders to protect the environment better, but the infrastructure shortage hindered these efforts.

The city was working with relevant agencies to find a suitable location to move the fish market, he said

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