MARA held a video meeting on fishing ban scheduling in the Yangtze River basin on August 7, 2020. The Meeting made specific arrangement on fishing ban for the next step.
Minister Han Changfu stressed that the registration for decommissioning of fishing vessels has completed, ushering the fishing ban in the Yangtze River basin into a new phase.
Under the registration, up to 111,000 fishing vessels operated by nearly 230,000 fishermen in the Yangtze River basin shall stop fishing in the rivers and lakes. As of now, about 83,000 fishing vessels operated by 138,000 fishermen have been decommissioned. The decommissioning of the remaining fishing vessels shall be accelerated.
Minister Han called on local governments to set aside supporting funding necessary for fishing ban, expand funding channels, and have guaranteeing mechanism in place. He also stressed that those vessels meet respective eligible requirements shall withdraw from fishing and have them sealed or dismantled accordingly. Relevant assessment shall be conducted and made public. Compensation shall be delivered in full and timely.
Vice Minister Yu Kangzhen chaired the meeting. Participants to the meeting also included MARA Chief Agronomist Guang Defu, heads of agricultural and rural departments from 10 provinces and provincial-level cities along the Yangtze River, and members of panel group in charge of fishing ban in the Yangtze River basin.