MARA held a coordination meeting on the enforcement of the fishing ban on Yangtze River on July 6, 2020, and the Meeting made specific plan for fishing ban enforcement.
Minister Han Changfu stressed that the fishing moratorium directly relates to the conservation of the Yangtze River and green development of the Yangtze River economic belt. It also matters to the livelihoods of affected 300,000 fishermen who bid farewell to nets and boats. Thus the conservation of the Yangtze River ecology signifies both strategic and wellbeing importance.
Minister Han indicated that all members of the coordination mechanism be aware of the gravity and complexity of fishing ban implementation, and called on related departments and local governments to roll out specific policies and measures to ensure the implementation of fishing ban. He also urged greater synergy in dealing with thorny issues through inter-agency cooperation, thematic meetings, joint field visits and inspections.
Minister Han required that local governments should make targeted plans to relocate affected fishermen and help them find new jobs while increasing fiscal funds to ensure subsidies. Competent authorities should intensify coordination, consultation, briefing, patrol and inspection in the enforcement of the fishing ban along the Yangtze River.
Heads of the member agencies of the coordination mechanism attended the meeting.