The MARA held a conference to map out fisheries work plan on Feb. 25, 2022, setting priorities for this year. Vice Minister Ma Youxiang addressed the conference.
The conference reviewed the achievements in fisheries in China in 2021. The fisheries sector fulfilled requirements to secure the supply, smooth circulation of aquatic products and work safety while achieving steady economic growth. A 10-year fishing ban in the Yangtze River was put in place, green aquaculture was promoted. Significant improvement was made in fishery resource conservation, fishery law enforcement and international cooperation. The situation of safety in fishery operation took a turn for the better in 2021.
Vice Minister Ma Youxiang urged that fishery priorities be focused on ensuring supply, resources conservation, transformation and upgrading, law enforcement and international collaboration in fisheries. More specifically, the key areas are as the following:
● The aquaculture is to be expanded to secure the supply of aquatic products;
● Research breakthroughs should be intensified particularly in germplasm, facilities and animal disease control;
● The 10-year fishing ban in the Yangtze River should be fully implemented to conserve aquatic resources;
● Fishery production should be upgraded, shifting to green fishery production featuring high quality;
● Capacity building should be stepped up to strengthen law enforcement;
● Stringent risk control should be exercised to build a strong foundation for work safety in fisheries; and
● International cooperation and exchange should be furthered in fisheries.
The conference was moderated by Zhang Tianzuo, China’s Chief Veterinary Officer. Attending the conference were representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries, Fishery Supervision and Administration Office of the Yangtze River Basin, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, National Fisheries Technology Extension Center, China Society of Fisheries, and heads of fishery-related civil society organizations.