A two-and-a half-month fishing ban began at noon on May 16th in most parts of the South China Sea as part of ongoing efforts to rehabilitate the area’s marine resources, according to the local fishery authorities.
The Hainan provincial marine and fishing department said nearly 9,000 of the area’s locally-registered fishing vessels were affected by this year’s moratorium.
The annual fishing ban, which has been in place since 1999, will last from May 16 to August 1 this year, covering areas north of the 12th parallel, including Beibu Bay.
The provincial fishing authority said fishing vessels with fishing permits for the Nansha Islands are required to install and activate positioning equipment so they will not accidentally enter banned areas.
The fishing ban was adopted to promote the sustainable development of the fishing industry in the South China Sea and protect the fundamental interests of fishermen.
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