was announced by the head of the South China Sea fisheries administration bureau, who told Xinhua
that the ban covered Huangyan – the Chinese name for Scarborough. The ban is meant ostensibly to protect marine ecosystems and resources.
The ban would cover Chinese and foreign fishermen alike, including those from countries that are laying claim to parts of the Spratlys and other islands and reefs dotting the South China Sea.
The start of the fishing ban was announced amid escalating tension between Manila and Beijing over Panatag, which the Philippines says has been part of Masinloc town in Zambales since Spanish times.
Last January when China announced that the ban would be imposed, Vietnam, which claims part of the Spratlys and Paracel Islands, protested.
Vietnamese fishermen have defied similar bans in the past three years. Scores were arrested and their boats impounded by Chinese authorities.
report said the ban “means no fishing will be allowed except for mono-layer gillnets, and hook and line fishing.”
China will confiscate boats, fish catch and fishing gear
of violators. Chinese fishermen will face fines and their licenses will be suspended.