Govt helps more than 14,000 fishermen affected by fishing ban in Yangtze

NANJING, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- More than 14,800 fishermen with over 7,300 boats have given up fishing in the main stream of the Yangtze River and its conservation areas in east China's Jiangsu Province, local authorities said Monday.

Fishermen pull fishing nets on the Changdang Lake, a water body in the Yangtze River basin, Sept 15, 2018. Fishing is to be banned in the Yangtze River basin by 2020 to recover depleted-fish resources. (Photo/Xinhua)

From the beginning of this year, China has imposed a fishing ban in 332 conservation areas along the Yangtze, involving 34 national and provincial conservation areas in Jiangsu.

A total of 14,887 fishermen with 7,392 boats in the province have abandoned their traditional roles for the sake of ecological restoration, according to the provincial leading group office on promoting the prohibition and withdrawal of fishing in the Yangtze River basin.

Jiangsu has spared no effort in implementing the fishing ban and ensuring a new livelihood for the affected fishermen. The province has rolled out a number of measures including social insurance, unemployment registration and medical assistance to rehabilitate the ex-fishermen.

China's fishing ban will be expanded to all key areas of the country's longest river by Jan. 1, 2021. According to previous estimates, the full-scale ban is likely to affect more than 113,000 fishing boats and nearly 280,000 fishermen in 10 provincial regions along the river.