On July 5, MARA held a video meeting to follow up with the fishing ban on the Yangtze River. It reviewed progress achieved in implementing the ban in the 10 provinces and municipalities directly under the Central Government along the Yangtze River, and outlined priorities of future work. Minister Han Changfu pointed out that MARA authorites at all levels fully meet the requirements of the State Council put forward in a previous teleconference in this regard.
Minister Han highlighted political accountability and the sense of responsibility of MARA officials at all levels to ensure full enforcement of the moratorium. Specifically, he said that city and county governments should strengthen overall planning, prepare detailed implementation programs, establish efficient working and coordination mechanisms, and mobilize all necessary resources. The implementation programs should include detailed targets, responsibilities, potential challenges, measures, time tables and roadmaps down to the community level. He said that the inter-ministerial task force overseeing the ban will send working groups to 227 counties along the Yangtze River and its tributaries, in order to carry out field inspections. If problems are identified, rectification should be conducted in time by every effort, including through coordination of policies and funding, he said.
It was agreed at the meeting that enforcement of the ban involves multi-level tasks, and registration and filing work should be completed by the end of July to get detailed information of fishing vessels to be disposed of and households to be compensated and reemployed.
Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Yu Kangzhen chaired the meeting. Participants to the meeting also included MARA Chief Agronomist and Director General of General Office Guang Defu , and MARA Chief Economist and Director General of Department of Development and Planning Wei Baigang, as well as representatives of the Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. Heads of agriculture and rural affairs authorites from 10 provinces and municipalities directly under the Central Government along the Yangtze River also attended the meeting and delivered speeches.
（Photo by Li Mo, MARA）