Dong Thap provincial people’s committee has just issued an official letter to the relevant departments, branches, and local agencies on Strengthening the management of aquaculture in Dong Thap province.
According to this letter, Dong Thap provincial people’s committee conducts Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to strengthen managing and checking registration of cage aquaculture and main force pisciculturists; it is required to check, guide and request pisciculturists complying with regulations on aquaculture of the National standard QCVN No. 02-20:2014/BNNPTNT which is issued by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development regarding regulations for the households raising pond fish – veterinary hygiene, environmental protection, and food safety. Additionally, Dong Thap provincial people’s committee also requests this agency reviewing and advising Dong Thap provincial people’s committee to adjust and add new aquaculture areas into the province’s planning area.
Department of Natural Resources and Environment is requested by Dong Thap provincial people’s committee to strengthen appraisal, evaluation of the environment to aquaculture projects, especially for projects in the areas with a high risk of environmental pollution. Besides, continue to cooperate with the departments, branches in propaganda, and raising awareness of the pisciculturists in environmental protection. Strengthen inspection, checking, handling violations on environmental protection for aquaculture areas in Dong Thap, especially for the pisciculturists who do not take waste treatment measure intentionally. It is necessary to cooperate with the local agencies to strictly observe land-use change into aquaculture; it is not allowed to let violations pass unnoticed.
Dong Thap provincial people’s committee requested people’s committee of districts, town, city to strengthen checking of aquaculture establishments (focus on catfish and other fishes such as snakeskin gourami, snake-head fish, frog, etc.) in their areas. The organizations and individuals are requested to promptly complete wastewater treatment pond, mud container in compliance with the regulations before December 31st, 2020. After this deadline, a strictly handling of violation shall be applied. Moreover, it is required to frequently check, supervise, and punish land-use change; digging pond or lowering the topsoil without complying with the current regulations.
Source: Dong Thap news