Fish­ing Ban

Beijing Review - - This Week -

The first an­nual fish­ing ban be­gan on China’s Yel­low River on April 1, in an ef­fort to pro­tect fish­ery re­sources and bio­di­ver­sity along the se­cond long­est river in the coun­try.

The ban, which will be in ef­fect un­til June 30, cov­ers the Yel­low River’s main stream, three ma­jor lakes and 13 trib­u­taries, ac­cord­ing to a pre­vi­ous state­ment from the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture.

In Binzhou in east China’s Shan­dong Prov­ince, the lo­cal fish­ery reg­u­la­tor has taken mea­sures to en­sure that the ban is strictly en­forced.

“There should be no fish­ing boats or nets in the Yel­low River or fish caught from the river on the mar­ket,” ac­cord­ing to an or­der is­sue by the reg­u­la­tor.

In Qihe County, lo­cal author­i­ties have ad­vised fish­er­men of the ban through var­i­ous means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, in­clud­ing WeChat mes­sages, posters and no­tices in lo­cal news­pa­pers.

On the up­per reaches of the Yel­low River, fish­ery reg­u­la­tors in Qing­hai Prov­ince launched an aware­ness cam­paign in early April, in­form­ing fish­er­men of the le­gal con­se­quences of break­ing the ban.

“We will step up our ef­forts to raise fish­er­men’s aware­ness of pro­tect­ing the fish­ery re­sources and ecosys­tems in the Yel­low River,” said He Xiaolin, Di­rec­tor of the pro­vin­cial fish­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, fish­ing for sci­en­tific stud­ies and tam­ing and breed­ing pur­poses dur­ing the ban should be ap­proved by pro­vin­cial or high­er­level author­i­ties.

Provinces and au­ton­o­mous re­gions can ex­tend the fish­ing ban ac­cord­ing to lo­cal needs, said the min­istry.

China has also im­posed a fish­ing ban along the Yangtze River, the long­est river in the coun­try. The an­nual ban, which runs from March 1 to June 30, cov­ers the spawn­ing sea­son for most of the river’s aquatic life. It in­cludes the en­tire river as well as key trib­u­taries and lakes.

A sim­i­lar fish­ing ban was ap­plied to the Huaihe River, which runs al­most par­al­lel be­tween the Yangtze River and the Yel­low River.

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