BEIJING, July 8 (Xinhua) -- China called for solid efforts to
implement the fishing ban in the Yangtze River basin, and ensure the
livelihoods of affected fishermen after they bid farewell to nets and
boats, according to a circular released by the General Office of the
As the fishing ban in the Yangtze River basin is an important measure
to protect the river and improve the ecological environment, local
governments and related departments should roll out specific policies
and measures to ensure its implementation, the circular said.
Local governments should make targeted plans to relocate fishermen
and help them find new jobs, while increasing fiscal funds to ensure
subsidies for the affected. They should also carry out special campaigns
to crack down on illegal fishing along the river.
China began a 10-year fishing moratorium from the beginning of this
year in 332 conservation areas in the Yangtze River basin, which will be
expanded to all the natural waterways of the country's longest river,
and its major tributaries, from no later than January 1, 2021.
The full-scale ban is likely to affect more than 113,000 fishing
boats and nearly 280,000 fishermen in 10 provincial-level regions along
the river, according to earlier estimations. Enditem