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Ankara: A boat sank in the Aegean Sea near Turkey in which 17 migrants were drowned. Those drowned were Syrian migrants who left the Turkish resort town of Bodrum for the Greek island of Kos, Xinhua news agency reported.

The route is considered one of the shortest by sea from Asia to the European Union territory. Local officials said an eight-metre boat carrying at least 37 people departed from Gumusluk and sank off the Cavusadasi coast on Sunday. Some 20 migrants have been rescued, and 17 bodies are found.

In the first five months of 2015, over 42,000 people, mostly refugees reached Greece by sea, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

The agency said more than 300,000 people have risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea so far this year, and around 2,500 refugees and migrants have either died or gone missing while trying to reach Europe.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Annual Fishing Ban Begins On Chinese Rivers

The fishing ban has, to some degree, contained the deterioration of fishery resources along Chinese rivers

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China imposed ban on annual fishing to protect marine life. VOA
China imposed ban on annual fishing to protect marine life. VOA
  • China imposed a ban on annual fishing
  • Strict actions are being taken to  stop the illegal fishing
  • The restriction is aimed at protecting aquatic wildlife

The annual fishing ban on China’s rivers, that coincides with the spawning season, began on Thursday. It will last until June 30, authorities said.

The ban covers main streams, tributaries and lakes along the Yangtze, Huaihe, Minjiang and Pearl rivers, reports Xinhua.

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Nearly 10,000 people and 1,000 vessels from 21 provincial regions will work to prevent illegal fishing and related activities during the moratorium.

Local governments will provide allowances to fishermen affected by the ban.The fishing restriction aims to protect aquatic resources and biodiversity as over-fishing threatens resources, authorities said.

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“The ban period covers the spawning season for most aquatic life in the rivers, which will boost aquatic resources and help maintain the ecological balance,” said Chen Shi, an official in Jiangsu province.

The annual ban was initiated in 2002 on the Yangtze River, the country’s longest, and on the Pearl River in 2011.

The step is being taken t protect the marine life.

The ban was extended from three months to four in the Yangtze River in 2016 and in the Pearl River in 2017, in a bid to better protect fish resources. The fishing ban has, to some degree, contained the deterioration of fishery resources along Chinese rivers, said Cheng Jianxin, a marine surveillance official. IANS