On July 23, MARA held a meeting to review the registration work of fishermen halting operation under the Yangtze River fishing ban. The meeting heard reports of working groups and designated key tasks for the next phase of the ban. At the meeting, Minister Han Changfu highlighted the responsibilities of competent local authorities and the importance of problem-oriented approach, calling on intensified efforts to deliver all objectives of the fishing moratorium in a timely manner.
Previously, MARA sent 13 working groups to 10 provinces and municipalities directly under the Central Government along the Yangtze River, to oversee the registration work of fishermen affected by the ban. Facing difficulties ahead in completing the tasks of fully enforcing the ban by the end of this year, the meeting called on local authorities to perform their responsibilities better through efficient leadership and effective work. The meeting required that fishermen registration work should be accelerated under enhanced supervision and necessary guidance, noting that targeted policies should be adopted to secure the livelihoods of affected fishermen, and routine monitoring should be maintained, among other things.
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 the 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 National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.