Fish­ing ban im­posed ear­lier this year

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

An an­nual fish­ing ban has been in­tro­duced na­tion­wide, weeks ear­lier than pre­vi­ous years for some re­gions, to better pro­tect fish­eries and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The pre­vi­ous dead­line of June 1 was moved up mainly be­cause the spawn­ing sea­son of most fish has be­gun ear­lier, ow­ing to the de­cay of fish­ery re­sources and global warm­ing, said Zhang Xian­liang, direc­tor of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture’s Bureau of Fish­eries. “A pro­longed off­sea­son will give the ocean more time to re­cover,” he said.

The min­i­mum du­ra­tion of the fish­ing off-sea­son in China, the world’s largest coun­try in terms of fish catch, and with the most fish­ing ves­sels and fish­er­men, will last three months this year. Fish­ing will be re­sumed in dif­fer­ent re­gions de­pend­ing on how the fry grow. For the first time, aux­il­iary ves­sels, which trans­port the catches and pro­vide sup­port for the fish­ing ves­sels, must obey the off-sea­son as well to pre­vent covert fish­ing. (Photo 2)

XINHUA

An­i­ma­tion draw­ings are seen in a metro train in Hangzhou, cap­i­tal of East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince. To cel­e­brate the on­go­ing China International Car­toon and An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val in Hangzhou, the train’s six cars were dec­o­rated with an­i­ma­tion draw­ings.

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