(Yicai Global) Dec. 26 -- China has for the first time introduced a blacklist system for offshore fishing workers and operators, prohibiting them from engaging in offshore fisheries to crack down on illegal activities, said an official of China's ministry of agriculture today. This is the first time that China establishes a blacklist system in the history of the development of its offshore fisheries.
The ministry has already blacklisted the first batch of fisheries employees and companies. It has cancelled business qualifications of six people from various companies and revoked seafarer certificates of nine captains, said Liu Xinzhong, deputy director of the fisheries administration of the ministry of agriculture, in a press conference today.
There are internal and external industry reasons for the new policy, Liu said. China will focus on standardizing management and practice of offshore fisheries. China will strictly control the scale of fishing vessels to promote transformation and upgrading. By 2020, the number of offshore fishing vessels in the country will be stabilized at 3,000 and the number of offshore fishing enterprises will be kept at 2016 levels, Liu said.
China will also fulfill its obligations as a responsible state and will actively participate in the affairs of the regional fisheries organizations and promote the establishment of intergovernmental fishery cooperation mechanisms to combat illegal fishery activities. China strictly monitors fishing vessels' operations to prevent any illegal activity, Liu added.