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Two-month fishing ban to begin on Pearl River

(Xinhua)

09:23, March 28, 2012

GUANGZHOU, March 27 (Xinhua) -- A two-month fishing ban on south China's Pearl River will take effect from April 1 to June 1, in an effort to protect the area's fishery resources.

All fishing activities will be banned during the period on the main body of the Pearl River, as well as on all tributaries and lakes connected to it, officials with the fishery bureau of China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced Tuesday.

Crossing six provinces and autonomous regions, namely Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hunan and Jiangxi, the Pearl River is the second largest river in China in terms of run-off volume, topped only by the Yangtze River.

Liu Tianrong, an official with the MOA, said waters in nearly 200 counties in the six provinces and regions, which make up about 5,365 kilometers of rivers and 1,300 square kilometers of lakes and reservoirs, will be impacted by the ban.

The fishing ban was initiated by the MOA last year, and has had obvious effects on the protection of fishery resources. More than 29.05 million fish fries were released into the river during the previous ban and monitoring data showed that the average density of the fish fries in May 2011 had grown by 23.2 percent from the same period of the previous year.

A seasonal three-month fishing ban, which was initiated in 2002, will be in place on the Yangtze River from April 1 to June 30.

The Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the country, started its three-month fishing ban on March 20.

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