Farmers fish out the shrimp at an aquatic farm of Haikou, capital city of south China’s Hainan Island, on November 18, 2010. [Photo:]

More than half a ton of fresh water shrimp at an aquatic farm in Haikou, the capital city of southern China’s Hainan island province, died suddenly within two hours on Wednesday, the website reported.
Initial investigation carried out by the local authorities ruled out the possibility of criminal poisoning, which had been rumored among some of the local farmers right after the incident, according to Qiu Mingyi, a local expert on aquatic technology.
He said the deterioration of water environment and infectious diseases may have triggered the deaths.
A farmer surnamed Zheng said the dead shrimp amount to at least 2,500 kilograms.
"I have bred them for two years and they have grown into a big size. I am hoping to make some money out of the sales," he was quoted as saying.
"As the current market price of shrimps is about 8.5 yuan (1.3 U.S. dollars) per kilograms, my total loss may amount to several thousands yuan." he added.
Regarding the disposal of the shrimp, Zheng said they would get rid of the dead shrimp and pick out the living ones in the pool to reduce loss.
Further investigation of the incident is now underway.

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