[enviro-vlc] Vietnam battles US invaders: turtles and crayfish
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Date: 17 September 2010 10:42:03 AM PDT
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Vietnam battles US invaders: turtles and crayfish
Posted : Tue, 14 Sep 2010 07:44:23 GMT
By : dpa
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Hanoi - Vietnamese authorities said Tuesday they were moving to hunt
down two invaders from the United States - red-eared slider turtles
and red swamp crayfish.
The two animals were among more than 90 invasive species that have
been detected in Vietnam due to the country's lively wildlife trade.
The Ministry of Agriculture last week ordered local authorities to
destroy 40 tons of red-eared slider turtles imported from the US by a
seafood company in the southern city of Can Tho.
The ministry had allowed the company to import the turtles provided
they were killed for food before August 31, but the company had failed
to do so.
Authorities said they were worried some of the notoriously invasive
turtles, native to the southern US, might escape or be sold as pets.
"They might compete for food with native Vietnamese animals, or
destroy the harmony of the environment," said Deputy Minister of
Agriculture Vu Van Tam.
The Invasive Species Specialist Group of the International Union for
Conservation of Nature includes the red-eared slider on a list of 100
of the world's worst invasive species.
The ministry was also moving to contain another American newcomer, the
red swamp crayfish.
A delegation from Hanoi was scheduled to travel Thursday to Truong
Long Tay Commune in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang, where
farmer Le Van Men was discovered earlier this month to be raising
several hundred red swamp crayfish in a fish pond.
The official Vietnam News reported Tuesday that Men said some of the
crustaceans had escaped because the cages they were being raised in
were not tight enough.
Commune agricultural development officer Dinh Minh Khuyen disputed that account.
"How can they have escaped from the pond? I don't believe it," Khuyen
said. "They are in a 40-square-metre pond surrounded by a net."
Men had been raising the crayfish under personal instruction from Bui
Quoc Hai, an employee of the SJ Crawfish Company, in Ho Chi Minh City,
Hai had smuggled some crayfish back from the US in his hand luggage,
the newspaper Thanh Nien reported.
Khuyen said that Hai simply wanted fresh crayfish to cook for his
family and friends.
The American invaders have "no economic benefits, as they have thick
skin and very little meat," the paper reported. "But they are very
aggressive, and can threaten local crayfish."
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