China plans to reduce its marine fish catch in the next few years to protect the environment.
ocean fishery output will drop to less than 10 million tonnes by 2020,
down by 3.1 million tonnes from 2015, Vice Minister of Agriculture Yu
"When setting the target, we have considered the
state of resources, fishermen's livelihoods and the sustainability of
the fishing industry," Yu said. "To achieve the target, the government
will cut down on fishing vessels, examine catches at ports, and act
against undersized catches."
A total of 7.5 billion yuan (1.1
billion U.S. dollars) will be earmarked from the central budget from
2016 to 2020 to subsidize fishermen and encourage them to find jobs in
aquaculture and recreational fishing.
In 2020, China will reassess
the fishery resources and set further goals to make sure production
stays in line with the carrying capacity of the environment, Yu said.
is the world's largest country in terms of fish catch with the most
fishing vessels and fishermen, but overfishing in the past years has
substantially depleted its fishery resources.
Aware of the worsening condition, the government has introduced fishing moratoriums and set up protection zones.
China has prolonged its average fishing off season by a month, which bring the minimum time to three months.