A three-month fishing ban on the southern Pearl River and a section of the Yangtze River took effect Wednesday [1 April 2015], in an effort to protect fishery resources and maintain ecological balance. The banned section of the Yangtze is located between Gezhou Dam in Central China’s Hubei province and the estuary in Shanghai. Another fishing ban was imposed on the rest of the river in February. According to officials with the Ministry of Agriculture, during the fishing moratorium, law enforcement will be carried out against illegal fishing tools and activities. The local governments will provide allowances to fishermen affected by the ban…Full Article: China Daily Apr 2015

Key Points

  • The Pearl River has had seasonal fishing bans since 2011, while the Yangtze River area has been under a seasonal ban since 2002.

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  • The Pearl River ban will likely affect ~115,000 fishermen as the river (China’s third-longest) runs more than 5,300 km and has over 1,300 sq. km of lakes.

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