Seasonal fishing ban lifted, Sanya holds ceremonial rituals
The fish are jumping after a three-and-a-half-month summer fishing ban in the South China Sea gave them the time and environment to reproduce.
In one of the largest fishing events of the year in Sanya, local government and fishermen community held a traditional ceremony to celebrate the end of the summer fishing ban at Sanya Yazhou Central Fishing Port on August 16th, 2017.
A series of folk activities and exciting cultural events, including the South China Sea Blessing Ceremony, King Dragon Parade, the festive dancing and drum performances were held during the ceremony on that day.
King Dragon Parade
South China Sea Blessing Ceremony
Following the ceremony, hundreds of locally-registered fishing boats started their joint oceangoing fishing operation to the South China Sea from Yazhou Fishing Port.
South China Sea Fishing Ban
To better protect the marine environment, China bars fishermen from fishing between May 1st and August 16th every year, with the exception of the use of nets and angling.
About Sanya Yazhou Central Fishing Port
The Sanya Yazhou Central Fishing Port is located 50 kilometers away from Sanya at west of the Ningyuan River estuary, about 50 minutes drive from downtown. It serves as a logistics center that provides seafood to markets and restaurants around the city. Large sea fish are sold in addition to squid, shellfish, and smaller fish. Adjacent to the Yazhou Port are various supporting facilities that store and process fish and produce ice blocks to be chipped and sold to dealers.