Fishermen in Huizhou city, Guandong province were seen blast fishing along the area’s Sanmen Island.
A witness, surnamed Zhu, told reporters that he and his friends were fishing in their yacht when they saw another group of fishermen using explosives in the water then collecting the floating fish on the surface of the sea with their ring nets.
According to informants, the practice is prevalent around the border of Huizhou and eastern Shenzhen, and some fishermen make a living by soliciting tourists to take part in the activity, charging hundreds of yuan for explosives.
Staff members at the Shenzhen Fishery Bureau, however, insist that blast fishing only exists in the Huizhou area, and that Shenzhen’s fishing waters are inspected on a routine basis and no one has been found practicing the activity.
Web user condemned this means of fishing as overly cruel and hazardous to the ecosystem. The dangerous practice is considered one of the biggest threats to coral reefs.
The rich marine life off Tanzania’s coast is now at risk because of blast fishing, according to environmentalists.
The technique sees fishermen use explosives to maximize their catch. Although illegal, the practice is used along the entire Tanzanian coastline from Mtwara to Tanga, and off north Zanzibar.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Shenzhen Evening News]