Episode 2: History of China and Overfishing

5 JUNE 2019

Since the Han Dynasty, fishing was the main source of livelihood on the Yangtze River basin - now the Yangtze is closed to all fishing for ten years. Marine pollution and overfishing have been knocking on China’s door since the 1986 Fisheries Law and the reform period in China. Why is China facing a critical state of overfishing in its marine waters and what are they doing about it?


Cao Ling, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Yamin Wang, Shandong Ocean University

John Mimikakis, Environmental Defense Fund

Zhou Wei, Greenpeace China