On July 15-18, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Han Changfu took a field trip to Guizhou and Sichuan provinces to inspect the implementation of the fishing moratorium in the Yangtze River basin. He called on local authorities to perform their duties and mobilize necessary resources to facilitate the enforcement of the ban, and secure the resettlement and re-employment of affected fishermen.
The Minister paid special attention to safeguarding the livelihoods of fishermen. He had talks with local fishermen on a number of occasions, asking them about the employment and livelihood arrangements and the compensation packages delivery. He appreciated the fishermen for fully supporting the fishing ban and helping rehabilitate the Yangtze River ecosystem, and required local authorities to roll out further pro-fishermen measures and policies.
Minister Han also prioritized the regulation of the fishing moratorium enforcement. On his trip to the Chishui River basin which initiated fishing ban pilots as early as 2016, the Minister asked about the enforcement of the ban and the disposal of illegal fishing gears that had been seized. He noted that he was glad to see fishing resources are restoring with remarkable increases in fish species and population both. He emphasized that to ensure the effective implementation of the ten-year fishing ban, we should make unrelenting efforts in raising public awareness, strengthening law enforcement, conducting specific supervision campaigns, and intensifying regular monitoring in a long run.