Overfishing depleting China’s sea resources
Deteriorating fish stocks off the coast of East China’s Shandong province are forcing fishermen to travel increasingly farther from the shore.
“About a decade ago, we could catch lots of fish after traveling about 90 nautical miles away from land, but now we have to go as far as 130 to 160 nautical miles,” said Hou Jiwei, from Wulian county, Shandong province.
Hou has been a fisherman for 16 years.
Around a decade ago, Hou and his colleagues could catch about 5 to 6 metric tons of fish every two weeks, but now they can only net a quarter of that.