The 3rd China-ROK Joint Fish-release was held simultaneously in Yantai, China and Inchon, Republic of Korea on July 9, 2021 via both online and offline mode.
The event aimed to conserve fishery resources and ecological environment of the Yellow Sea, representing an important measure to implement the consensus reached at the meeting of the China-South Korea Joint Committee on Fisheries.
A total of 1 million fish seedlings, including green fin horse-faced filefish, blackhead seabream, small yellow croakers, swimming crabs and other commercial species, were released into the Yellow Sea.
Since 2018, China and ROK have carried out fish-release activity in the Yellow Sea three times. For China’s part, nearly 1 million Chinese prawns, gazami crabs and olive flounders were released into the Yellow Sea for restocking. It is estimated that coastal provinces along the Yellow Sea released 43.5 billion fry of various aquatic species into the Yellow Sea during the 13th Five-Year-Plan period in China. This move has effectively promoted the recovery of fish stocks, resulting in the increase of fishermen’ income and the earnings of fishery sector of both countries.
Officials from the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, the Chinese Coast Guard, competent departments of Shandong Province, and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in China participated in the event in Yantai. Officials from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, local fishery departments of the ROK, and the Chinese Embassy in the ROK attended the event in Inchon.
In recent years, the Chinese Government has set fish catch limits, implemented fishing moratorium in summer and fishing ban in the Yangtze River for 10 years, carried out fish restocking and release, launched law-enforcement inspection campaign for fisheries, among others, to promote sustainable and green development of the fishery industry.