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Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Monday, April 01, 2002

Fishing Ban in Middle and Lower Reaches of Yangtze River

To halt decades of overfishing along the Yangtze River, on Monday China imposed a three-month commercial fishing ban in the middle and lower reaches of the river.


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To halt decades of overfishing along the Yangtze River, on Monday China imposed a three-month commercial fishing ban in the middle and lower reaches of the river.

The ban also covers Dongting and Poyang Lakes.

This extends the ban that went into effect along the upper reaches in February, and means that fishing is now controlled along over 4,200 kilometers of the Yangtze.

Nearly 20,000 fishing boats and more than 40,000 fishermen will be affected by the moratorium.

Due to excessive fishing, the annual take of wild fish has fallen to about 100,000 tons, only a quarter of that in the mid 1950s.






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