Zhang Chun

Zhang Chun is a senior researcher at chinadialogue.

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China Cracks Down on Illegal Fishing in Distant Water Fleet

By Zhang Chun 2018-09-14 16:02:43

China’s fishery authorities have introduced hard-hitting punishments for overfishing and illegal fishing by the country’s distant water fishing (DWF) vessels. Chinese DWF vessels have been operating in the high seas or in other countries’ exclusive economic zones for 30 years, but the authorities have taken a low-key approach to acts of wrongdoing. That changed in February this year when the Ministry of Agriculture published, for the first time, a list of DWF companies and vessels it had penalized in 2017. Typical punishments included the loss...

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Challenges Facing the UN High Seas Treaty

By Zhang Chun 2018-09-07 19:10:21

The high seas cover two thirds of the ocean and are home to 90% of marine life, but this vast expanse of water and seabed that lies beyond the national jurisdiction of any one country has no comprehensive protection. In an effort to fix this, countries are meeting at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York until 18 September, marking the start of a two-year process to agree a treaty to protect the high seas. This is needed because unrestrained and increasingly risky exploitation of...

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