8 tons of Koi fish were moved from a lake in Hanoi.

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    Nov 8, 2023

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12k Koi fish relocated from Hanoi's Tay Ho lake in favor of preserving lotuses.


The Tay Ho District People's Committee made a decision to extract the fish from Dam Dong Lake. Utilizing special nets, all 8 tons of fish, weighing between 1-2 kg each, were successfully caught and subsequently loaded onto trucks for transportation.

According to city workers, the fish will be transferred to West Lake flower valley, situated approximately 1 km away from Dam Dong in the capital. The relocation process of these thousands of fish started last week. These fish were initially brought to the lake in June by a private business at a significant expense of VND6 billion ($246,457).

According to Tran Thi Thuy, a company representative involved in the fish placement at Dam Dong, the fish were obtained from Thai Binh Province, which shares its borders with Hanoi. As part of an initiative to enhance local appeal, these fish were introduced into the lake, resulting in significant gatherings of individuals who were eager to observe and feed them.

On October 29th, a decision was made by Tay Ho District to exclusively allocate Dam Dong for lotus cultivation. Consequently, the Quang An Ward People's Committee was compelled to cancel a previously granted contract permitting the presence of the firm's fish in the lake. Subsequently, it was mandated by the committee that all Koi fish be promptly removed from the lake.

The ward successfully negotiated an agreement with the company that resulted in no compensation being paid.

The Dam Dong lake covers an area of 3.5 hectares and has a depth ranging from 1.2 to 1.4 meters. Before the introduction of fish, the lake was solely adorned with vibrant lotus plants, showcasing the only visible signs of life throughout its tranquil waters.

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