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New lab set up for supervision of Yangtze estuary

A LABORATORY was launched by Shanghai Ocean University and the Shanghai Aquatic Wildlife Conservation and Research Center yesterday, the day China’s first Yangtze River protection law came into effect.

The law is the first in China made for a specific river basin and aims to promote well-coordinated environmental conservation and avoid excessive development. As well as strengthening protection of the ecology of Asia’s longest river, the law also restricts exploitation of shorelines and imposes tougher punishments for violations that could damage the environment. Fishing, for example, is banned in all of the Yangtze’s natural waterways, including in its main tributaries and lakes.

The university has been cooperating with the center in many areas, including the protection of the Chinese sturgeon, finless porpoise and other marine life in the estuary, and the rescue of endangered aquatic wildlife.

The new laboratory is their latest cooperation. It will carry out systematic investigation and long-term supervision on aquatic life resources and the environment at the estuary and develop the biology-friendly technology needed.

It aims to supervise rare aquatic life, tagged aquatic life, important economic organisms and the estuary environment around the clock and build a database for aquatic wildlife protection and research.

The laboratory will assess aquatic life resources and the environment, and the endangered species situation, such as the Chinese sturgeon and finless porpoise, and important aquatic animals including coilia and eel seedlings. They will also evaluate the effect of protection zones and fishing bans and release a regular local water health index report.


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