A five-year fishing moratorium will be introduced to help Hulun Lake, the largest freshwater lake in north China, to rehabilitate its dwindling aquatic resources. Sources with the municipal government of Hulun Buir said on Sunday that the core nature reserve, nearly half of the 2,339 square km lake area, will stick to the moratorium till Dec. 2018, while the other part will be subjected to an annual fishing ban between May 1 and July 31 from this year to 2018…Full Article: WantChinaTimes Apr 2014

Key point

  • An annual fishing limit of 1,000 MTs (1/4 that of 2013 total output) will be instituted

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  • In 2011, landlocked Hubei province accounted for 3.08 million MTs of freshwater fish or 13% of China’s total output. Guangdong province was just behind Hubei at 3.02 million MTs (also 13% of China’s output). Jiangsu province accounted for 2.4 million MTs (10% of total output). During the same year, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Shandong, Guangxi, and Sichuan each recorded 1 million to 1.9 million MTs of freshwater fish output.
  • In 2011, the eastern coastal Jiangsu province accounted for 721,138 MTs or 29% of China’s total output of freshwater shrimps, prawns, and crabs. Following Jiangsu was Hubei province at 400,251 MTs (16% of total output) and Guangdong province at 300,686 MTs (12% of total output).  Jiangsu province was also the top producer of freshwater shellfish, totaling 122,302 MTs or 23% of China’s total output. Anhui province was second and accounted for 86,258 MTs (16% of total output) of freshwater shellfish.

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