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Sansha bans activities near world's deepest blue hole

(People's Daily Online)    16:41, October 09, 2016
Sansha bans activities near world's deepest blue hole
An aerial photo taken on July 24, 2016 shows the "Sansha Yongle Blue Hole", which was officially named by the Sansha municipal government in Yongle, a major coral reef in the Xisha Islands.

To strengthen its ecological protection work, Sansha, China's southernmost prefecture-level city, has banned activities near the world's deepest blue hole.

A notice issued on Oct. 8 forbid any institution or individual from conducting fishing or sightseeing activities in the area within 1 nautical mile of the Sansha Yongle Blue Hole, the world's deepest underwater sinkhole, which is located near the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea.

The notice requires relevant departments to enhance education about maritime environment protection. It also stipulates that scientific studies in the area must get approval from the Sansha municipal government. 

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