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30-vessel China fishing fleet arrives at Nansha Islands (2)

(Xinhua)

08:19, July 16, 2012

Fishing vessels from China's island province of Hainan are in waters off the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea on July 15. (Xinhua Photo)

ABOARD FISHING VESSEL QIONGSANYA F8168, July 15 (Xinhua) -- A fleet of 30 fishing vessels from China's island province of Hainan arrived at a fishing venue of Nansha Islands in the southern-most of China's territory Sunday.

The fleet, the largest of its kind from Hainan for the Nansha Islands, arrived at the waters near the Yongshu Reef in South China Sea at about 5 p.m. Sunday after a 78-hour voyage.

The fleet, including a 3,000-tonne supply ship and 29 ships weighing more than 140 tonnes each, will spend the next five to 10 days fishing near the the Yongshu Reef, sailors of the fleet said.

China Yuzheng 310, a fishery administration patrol ship, has arrived at the area to protect the fishing activities.

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