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China laments dying sea

Posted by Author on August 17, 2006

news.com.au/Reuters/August 18, 2006–
CHINESE environmental officials said the East China Sea is dying from pollution and over-fishing.

Eighty-one per cent of the East China Sea, a major fishing ground ringed by China, South Korea and Japan, was rated category-four for pollution, the second worst category in a five-tier scale, the Shanghai Daily said, quoting a survey by environmental officials from China’s coastal province of Zhejiang.The figure represented a 53 per cent rise in category-four pollution from 2000, the report says, with petrochemical waste and heavy metals the main contaminants.

The East China Sea’s fish stocks provide a tenth of China’s total catch, but catches had declined to 980,000 tonnes last year from 1.3 million tonnes in 2001.

People employed in the fishing industry had declined to 210,000 from a high of 250,000.

“There were fewer and fewer cash fish and more juvenile fish in each haul,” Yu Zhouzhuang, a seafood restaurant owner who quit the industry, told the paper.

“I realised that the lack of fish would soon put a lot of fishermen out of business.”

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