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Daniel commented on Use weeds in the river to treat water

Hi Rachel,
That's really interesting - thanks for sharing details on the fisherfolk population and the fish that can consume water hyacinth.

Are there any estimates of how much damage dead zones are costing the 4 million fisherfolk?

For example, in the Gulf Coast region of the US, it is estimated that the dead zone is costing the seafood industry $38 million a year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Whitworth, Joe S. (2015-09-08). Quantified: Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy (Kindle Locations 2845-2846). Island Press. Kindle Edition. )

Is it possible that the fisherfolk or downstream purchasers could help fund the purchase of the equipment that digs the oxidation ponds and benefit from improved yields?

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Daniel commented on Use weeds in the river to treat water

This sounds like a really great concept, Rachel. Are there any fishing communities in India that would benefit from the introduction of water hyacinth?