NRDC Shared International Best Practices on Promoting Fisheries’ Health With Chinese Experts


NRDC held a workshop in Beijing on March 6 to promote conservation and strengthening of monitoring and enforcement in China’s domestic fishery management. Participants included officials from the Bureau of Fisheries (BOF) under the Ministry of Rural Affairs and Agriculture and fishery policy experts from research institutes and universities, including Yellow Sea, East China Sea and South China Sea Fisheries Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Fisheries Science, China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai Ocean University and the University of Maine. At the workshop, NRDC released a report comparing the sustainability standards, regulations, and enforcement mechanisms intended to promote fisheries’ health that are set out in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and those adopted by Australia, New Zealand, the EU and the US. The participants are exploring China’s fishery reform pathway and were very interested in learning about best international practices and their applicability in China. NRDC also presented several international cases on integrating scientific information into fisheries management and discussed with fisheries officials and experts the challenges and opportunities of establishing a more science-based and sustainable fishery management system in China.