Hainan is planning to strengthen efforts on the fishery operation around the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands to enhance its fishing capacity in the offshore waters.

A fishing fleet consisting of a 3,000-ton supply vessel and 29 fishing boats set sail for Nansha Island this July, marking a good start to the provincial large-scale fishing operation.

The existing fishing boats can hardly meet the urgent situations for the fishery operation which the waters around have plenty of fish resources.

There are more than 20,000 fishing boats on the island, among which vessels weighing over 80 tons number less than 2,000.

Hainan aims to shift the focus of its fishing industry from near-shore fishing to far offshore fishing. A new batch of advanced fishing vessels will be built with a complete of fishery operation and professional sailors involved to enhance the fish production.


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