China’s Largest Fishing Port to Open in Nansha Islands
China will be opening a large fishing port and will be the closest one to Nansha Islands to handle fishing vessels that are working the South China Sea. Authorities and several thousand of people held a traditional ceremony that celebrated the opening of the port in Yazhou which is about 50 kilometers west of Sanya in the Hainan province. The celebration also marked the end of the annual fishing ban held in parts of the South China Sea that started in May 16.
Around 300 fishing vessels are seen flying red flags left the fishing port to fish in the nearby South China Sea fishing ground and those who intend to make long journeys delayed leaving due to the incoming typhoon. One fisherman from Sanya who sailed with colleagues from the port to Xisha Islands which is about 260 kilometers away said that the new port provides a more comfortable, clean environment and is more convenient. The vice general of Sanya Yazhou Port Investment Co. Li Jin said that the port can accommodate around 800 fishing boats and will be able to handle 2,000 in the long run. Although they don’t have a large and modern public fishing port which performs various functions it has now filled the gap.
The port will be the largest in Hainan and aside from their harboring fishing vessels, it shields ships from typhoons and serves as a logistics and studies center for fisheries products. The port also serves as a important significance in safeguarding China’s fishing rights in the South China Sea. The port was also designed to be a support base for exploiting fishery resources and help with the supply in Sansha which administers an area of 2 million square kilometers in the south China Sea.