NRDC Promotes Monitoring and Enforcement in Fishing Ports with International Experience


As part of the efforts to advance the sustainable development of fishing industry, China launched a fishing ports management reform and seafood traceability pilot project in 2018 in Wenling, a major fishing city in Zhejiang Province. The aim of the project is to explore the role of fishing ports in managing legitimate catches, achieving traceability and implementing outputs control. In order to strengthen international exchange in this field, NRDC supported the Marine Fisheries Research Institute of Zhejiang and Zhejiang Fisheries Society to organize an international workshop on port-based fisheries monitoring and management in Wenling on April 18. The Deputy Director of China’s Bureau of Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and more than 120 fishery managers and enforcement officials, as well as fisheries researchers from coastal provinces and top marine science universities in China, attended the workshop. NRDC invited two former senior enforcement officers from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries and a public policy manager of GR Japan, a Japanese consulting firm, to present on the role of fishing ports in fisheries monitoring and law enforcement in the US and monitoring and reporting requirements for different fisheries in Japan.