Fishing Ban Imposed on Pearl River
2011-April-6 Source: China View website
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A two-month fishing ban is now in effect along the Pearl River as part of the country's effort to protect fishing resources, Ministry of Agriculture officials announced on March 31.

The ban, which will be carried out annually between April and May, covers 5,365 kilometers of waters, including the main stream of the river, its branches and all lakes connected to those branches.

Running through six provinces and autonomous regions, namely Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hunan and Jiangxi, the Pearl River is the second largest river in China in terms of its run-off volume, following the Yangtze River in the north.

Fishery resources in the river have continued to drop in recent years due to excessive fishing and water degradation. Wu Zhuang, an official in the Agriculture Ministry, said the ministry will release more than six million fish into the river to boost the fish population.

Additionally, local civil affairs bureaus will provide subsidies to low income fishermen during the period while the fishing ban is in effect.


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