City to Implement Fishing Ban at Shenzhen Bay
Starting May 1, Shenzhen will be banning fishing at a designated area just east of the Shenzhen Bay Bridge to comply the the recently approved plan of the Guangdong Provincial Oceanic and Fishery Bureau. The ban is to protect the ecosystem of Shenzhen Bay as environmental authorities has seen a decline in the number of shrimps, fished and birds due to rampant illegal fishing. Once the ban starts licensed and unlicensed fishing boats are not allowed to enter the area.
For several years now Shenzhen residents have been calling for measures to end illegal fishing at Shenzhen Bay as it threatens the Futian Mangrove Nature Reserve. Illegal fishing boats which include makeshift fishing rafts are often found by the bay early mornings and control is lacking as the city still needs a unified management of different government department that is related to fishing. The city fishery administration is working together with the public security bureau and border police to tackle illegal fishing in the area.
In 2012, the fishery administration has seized products that reached a total of 8,000 kilograms along with 212 boats and rafts in joint actions of several government departments. The administration also reminded residents not to purchase any products that came from Shenzhen Bay as these products are contaminated.