China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced on Tuesday [26 December 2017] that a blacklist system for pelagic fishery employees has been established in a bid to meet international standards, after several cases of Chinese boats being held for illegal fishing activities. Liu Xinzhong, an official from the MOA, announced that 15 people had been banned from working in the industry for a period of time, including six people whose business licenses have been canceled and nine captains whose certificates have been withdrawn, China News Service reported…Full Article: The Global Times Dec 2017

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  • According to a representative of Ministry of Agriculture, China will maintain its fleet of 3,000 fishing vessels into 2020 and will maintain the same number (vis-à-vis 2016) of fishing companies.

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  • In August 2017, Ecuador seized the Chinese fishing vessel, Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999, for illegally fishing sharks and other rare species near the Galapagos Islands. Twenty Chinese fishermen were found guilty and received prison sentences.
  • In March 2016, Argentina sunk the Chinese fishing vessel, Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010, off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Chubut Province. The fishing boat was likely catching squid.
  • From 2014 to 2016, China’s pelagic fishing fleet size increased by approximately 400 ships. Pelagic fishing vessels generally weigh more than 100 tons.
  • The pelagic zone, aka the open-ocean zone, can vary in depth from the ocean surface to roughly 11 km. Popular pelagic fish include swordfish, squid, tuna, mackerel, and sharks.

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