Fishing ban imposed earlier this year
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)
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.