Vietnam’s top officials eat fish to calm the public on toxic waters phobia

May 1, 2016 | 11:43 am GMT+7
In an uncommon move, communications minister and top officials from central provinces have publicly eaten local seafood or gone for a swim in the sea in an effort to offset rumors that the sea in the area is poisoned.
Vietnam’s top officials eat fish to calm the public on toxic waters phobia

On April 30, Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan bought two tuna fish from a port in Quang Binh after they'd been confirmed as safe by inspectors. He then had a tuna meal prepared right at the port by fishermen. "Clearly sourced seafood should not be boycotted," said Tuan yesterday at a press conference in Quang Binh. Photo by Hoang Tao

Vietnam’s top officials eat fish to calm the public on toxic waters phobia

On the same day, Da Nang People's Committee Chairman Huynh Duc Tho (wearing a cap) himself prepared and enjoyed a meal of seafood bought straight from fishermen at a local port. According to the fishermen, their produce is safe as it is caught offshore. Upon hearing that, Tho ordered 100kg of fish. Photo by D.X.

Vietnam’s top officials eat fish to calm the public on toxic waters phobia

In the morning of May 1, Tho and other Da Nang top officials went for a swim at My Khe beach. Photo by Nguyen Dong

Vietnam’s top officials eat fish to calm the public on toxic waters phobia

Tho enjoys the cool water. Photo by Nguyen Dong

Vietnam’s top officials eat fish to calm the public on toxic waters phobia

After witnessing fresh fish caught offshore being certified as safe by Da Nang government, tens of kilograms of fish caught during the night was sold out within five minutes. Photo by Nguyen Dong. 

Vietnam’s top officials eat fish to calm the public on toxic waters phobia

Director General of Ha Tinh Natural Resources and Environment Department Vo Ta Dinh (second from right) and other top officials of the province also went for a swim on April 30. Dinh told VnExpress that water samples from a number of local beaches all indicate that they are safe according to the national technical standard on sea water quality. Photo by D.H.

Mass fish deaths in four coastal provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue have spurred public concern over the safety of local beaches and seafood. Investigation on the cause of the phenomenon is ongoing.

 
 
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