People view the fishing-boats setting sail at Bohe Port, Maoming on August 16, 2017. [Photo by Sam Huang]
Accompanied by resonant clarino and firecrackers, over 1000 fishing-boats berthing at Bohe Port set sail towards the vast sea at the same time this noon (August 16). Starting from then, the 19th seasonal fishing moratorium officially ends in South China Sea, welcoming a new fishing season.
This year’s seasonal fishing moratorium began from May 1 to Aug. 16 in the South China Sea. The 3.5-month-long fishing moratorium is the longest-ever since the fishing bans in the South China Sea began in 1999. No fishing is allowed in parts of the sea under China’s jurisdiction except by single-layer gill nets or other approved methods, including conventional angling. Although they have reduced the income of some fishermen, bans protect fisheries and ensure the industry’s sustainability.
A ritual is held at the start-fishing ceremony of the South China Sea (Bohe, Maoming) Fishing Festival at Bohe Port, Maoming on August 16, 2017. [Photo by Sam Huang]
In celebration of the new fishing season, 2017 South China Sea (Bohe, Maoming) Fishing Festival along with the 5th Lingnan Folk Culture Festival is being held at Maoming Binhai New Area from August 16 to 20, featuring fishery culture and folk culture in the thousand-year-old fishing port Bohe.