China’s State Council Information Office (SCIO) unveiled a comprehensive white paper titled “Development of China’s Distant-Water Fisheries” on Tuesday. This document emphasizes the nation’s dedication to sustainable ocean resource utilization, marking China as a key player in the global effort to protect marine biodiversity and advance the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
China, with its long history of harnessing the sea’s resources, has been at the forefront of ocean exploration for over four millennia. The white paper highlights how the country’s coastal communities have relied on the ocean for sustenance and economic activity, fostering cooperation with other nations in the process.
The primary aim of the white paper is to provide an in-depth view of China’s philosophy, principles, and policies in the Distant-Water Fisheries (DWF) sector. It also underscores China’s adherence to international agreements and showcases its success in DWF administration. Furthermore, the document serves as a platform for China to share its valuable experiences in the sector and promote international cooperation and exchanges.
China’s Distant-Water Fisheries sector commenced its journey in 1985, relatively late compared to some other nations. Nevertheless, through more than three decades of relentless effort, China has made significant strides. Reciprocal cooperation agreements have been inked with numerous countries and regions across Asia, Africa, South America, and Oceania. Adhering to these agreements and the laws and regulations of partner nations, China has established orderly fisheries cooperation with over 40 countries and regions.
In line with the white paper’s principles, China is deeply committed to scientific conservation and sustainable utilization of fisheries resources. This commitment drives the optimization of the industry’s structure, the promotion of transformation and upgrading, and an unwavering focus on quality and efficiency. China also maintains strict controls on development scale, enforces standardized management, and actively combats illegal fishing practices.
The contemporary era presents fresh challenges for international ocean governance. According to the white paper, China pledges to collaborate with the international community based on principles of equality, mutual respect, and mutual benefit. This collaboration aims to strengthen conservation and sustainable use of the sea and its resources, protect marine biodiversity, and actively contribute to the completion of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also seeks to foster a maritime community of shared future and facilitate green and sustainable development of the sea.
China’s white paper serves as a testament to the nation’s commitment to sustainable ocean development and its dedication to working together with the global community to preserve the world’s oceans and their valuable resources.