In pictures: Pollution caused by channeled applesnail shells in Hanoi

VietNamNet Bridge – Going through the roads in Can Huu commune, Quoc Oai district, Hanoi, people have to use masks because of the stench emanating from the piles of channeled applesnails (Pomacea canaliculata) along the road and on the fields and.

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A few months ago, Can Huu commune was the biggest market in northern Vietnam for channeled applesnail. Snails were transported from all provinces in the Red River Delta, including Vinh Phuc, Ha Nam, Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Thai Binh and Nam Dinh to this commune. But these days, snail traders stopped purchasing snails to export to China.

After snail meat is collected, shells are discharged to the fields and along roads in the commune, polluting the environment.

After snail meat is collected, shells are discharged to the fields and along roads in the commune, polluting the environment.

This species of snail is considered the exotic species that destroys crops.

This species of snail is considered the exotic species that destroys crops.

Canals are filled with shells. Locals do not know why traders stopped buying snails.

Canals are filled with shells. Locals do not know why traders stopped buying snails.

The consequences of breeding and collecting channeled applesnails for traders is pollution.

The consequences of breeding and collecting channeled applesnails for traders is pollution.

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On Thang Long Avenue, many people sell channeled applesnails mixed with other species of snails. Tri Thuc

On Thang Long Avenue, many people sell channeled applesnails mixed with other species of snails. Tri Thuc

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