The annual fishing ban in the South China Sea started at noon on Friday, aiming to further protect marine resources in the area and improve environmental awareness among fishermen.

This is the 16th annual summer fishing ban, which lasts from 16th May to 1st August each year. According to statistics, a total of 8,955 fishing vessels in Hainan are included in this year’s moratorium.

The summer fishing ban covers regions including the South China Sea area as well as the Beibu Gulf, which is 12 degrees north, latitudinally. Apart from single-layer gill nets and fishing tackle, other types of fishing operations are also prohibited. 

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