Recently, Zhou, the director of the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) Community Conservation Area for migratory bird at the Han River (CCAfa) reported that the 195-kilometer section of the Han River where Xiangyang City, Hubei Province is located, is currently clearing the illegal fishing and launching a 10-year national fishing ban decision.
At the beginning of this year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs issued a circular on the ten-year ban on fishing in the Yangtze River. And natural waters outside the protected area of aquatic germplasm resources, from 0:00 on January 1, 2021 at the latest, a tentative 10-year ban on fishing will be implemented. During this period, productive fishing of natural fishery resources is prohibited.
However, before July 2020, volunteers from the Xiangyang section of the Han River of the CBCGDF discovered that illegal fishing was still common on both sides of the section. The river was covered with illegal fishing gear such as cage nets. Volunteers reported that the illegal electric fishing boat electrocutes both big and small fish, and the illegal catches range from tens of jins to more than 300 jins each time, which greatly damages aquatic resources. At the same time, what is even worse is that the coast of the river section was once covered with ground cage nets, and some nets were also sprinkled with poisonous fish and shrimp medicines, which not only killed aquatic organisms, but also caused pollution of the river water.
CBCGDF volunteers said that although they have been making reports all the year round, they have had little effect. They have also reported to CCTV. CCTV, with the help of CBCGDF volunteers, confirmed that there was indeed illegal fishing in this area.
After the CCTV report was broadcast on July 4, it attracted great attention from the Hubei Provincial Party Committee and Provincial Government and the Xiangyang Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government. According to volunteers, the relevant departments of Gucheng County and Laohekou City on both sides of the Han River in Xiangyang once again formed a joint action group to combat illegal fishing, requiring all fishing vessels along the coast to be cleaned up and all productive fishing tools collected. In conjunction with CBCGDF local volunteers and other volunteer organizations, a patrol team was formed to carry out 24-hour patrol on the riverbank to resolutely combat and stop illegal fishing.
CBCGDF volunteers said: “In addition to the mainstream of the Han River in Xiangyang, important tributaries such as the South River and the North River leading to the Han River are also carrying out comprehensive actions to prohibit illegal fishing, cleaning up and collecting fishing gear for production.”
At present, more than 600 kilometers of the Xiangyang section of the Han River are making great efforts to implement the Yangtze River fishing ban simultaneously. It is hoped that the aquatic resources of the Han River will take this as an opportunity to truly recuperate in the next ten years.
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By / Zhang Daqian Modified / Maggie
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