Members are advised by the Club’s correspondents Huatai that the current fishing ban in China, previously issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, will be lifted in South China Sea in August and September.
Following this, the waters of East China Sea, Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea will see the ban lifted in September (please see the illustration enclosed for further details and dates).
The applicable areas and timeframes for the 2018 fishing ban were almost the same as 2017, however, two more provisions were added, including:
a. The ban of Set-net fishing started on 01 May, for the period of no less than 3 months, and the end of ban is determined by local authorities.
b. If an auxiliary fishing boat is required for certain types of fishing, which cause slight damage to resources within the ban period, local authorities have the authority to amend the regulations.
For further information on fishing vessels, please see the Club’s recent Risk Focus here and lessons learnt analysis here
Members are recommended to remain in close contact with their local agent for latest appraisal of the fishing boats situation when calling at Chinese ports.
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