Ministry claims to be still
investigating mass fish deaths
official from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has claimed
the ministry will announce the official cause of the mass fish deaths when
the investigation is finally finished, denying that they are burying the news.
The statement was made by Deputy Minister of the Ministry of
Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc at a press conference in
Hanoi on May 25 on the upcoming National Sea and Islands Week which will be
held on June 1-8.
At the press conference, reporters raised a question
that why it was taking so long to report on the mass fish deaths.
Deputy Minister of Nature Resources and
Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc at the press confference
The deputy minister replied to the question, saying that
"Many Vietnamese agencies as well as both local and foreign scientists are
working on the investigation so that we can announce the cause to the public as
early as possible. We really need sympathy from reporters and people."
"We are assigned by the government to provide
information on the mass fish deaths and we will provide what we have as every
conclusion must be based on scientific evidence. We are not trying to hide the
cause of the case," Ngoc suggested.
Deputy Director of General Department of
Environment Hoang Van Thuc said that tests on sea water carried out from April
24 until now showed that coastal seawater was safe.
The ministry has instructed the provincial
Department of Natural Resources and Environment to collect dead fish and clean
On May 14, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac
said the authorities had gathered sufficient evidence about the causes for the
fish deaths and would announce their findings shortly. But more than a month
has passed since the first dead fish was found and the cause has not yet to be