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City set to develop oceanic industry

SHANGHAI plans to develop its oceanic industry in the next five years, officials said on World Oceans Day today.

Major stations are planned around the international shipping center to research and manufacture ships and engineering facilities, and to base marine technology and information services, said Shanghai Oceanic Bureau. The bureau has also set a target 15 percent annual growth rate for the industry.

"We are planning to run the traditional industry as transport and shipbuilding strengthen and in the meantime to beef up the development of the service as seashore tourism and information," said Shen Yiyun, deputy director of the bureau. "We will also develop emerging industries such as biological medicine and new energy." But details are still under discussion, Shen told reporters.

Meanwhile, the bureau also enforced the patrolling of the city's 24 islands, of which 21 are uninhabited, in the East China Sea to protect the oceanic environment as people were found dumping waste on the uninhabited islands.

During the World Expo, patrol teams are monitoring the submarine optical fiber cable to secure the city's information service.

With a coastline of 788 kilometers, Shanghai has an oceanic area of 9,000 square kilometers but the ocean resource was not rich and the environment was also not pleasant, the bureau said.


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