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Lifting of Fishing ban - High risk warning areas – Fujian waters, China

News & Insights 16 August 2022

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Refer to our previous news item with regards to the summer fishing ban, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MOA) has announced that the fishing ban will be lifted in a phased manner in August and September. The...

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Refer to our previous news item with regards to the summer fishing ban, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MOA) has announced that the fishing ban will be lifted in a phased manner in August and September. The fishing ban in the East China Sea and the South China Sea between 26°30′N and 12°N will be lifted starting from 16 August 2022.

To regulate the shipping traffic and prevent collisions between merchant vessels and fishing vessels in Fujian waters including ports of Ningde, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Xiamen and Zhangzhou the Fujian MSA, together with Fujian Ocean and Fishery Bureau (FOFB), announced the first batch of ten high risk warning areas on 11 Aug 2022. The warning areas are based on AIS track data and analysis results of collisions between merchant ships and fishing boats along Fujian coast in the last ten years.

Club correspondent Oasis P&I Services has released a circular, attached at the bottom of the page, giving more details of the high-risk areas. The circular also includes a schematic plan of the warning areas and a free translation of the guidance issued by China MSA.

We thank our local correspondent Oasis P&I services for providing us with the attached circulars.

We recommend our members to warn their crew of the increased fishing traffic and to exercise caution when transiting in waters off Fujian.

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