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Sea around Shanghai dirtiest in East China

GROSS pollution still threatens the East China Sea, with the most polluted areas near Shanghai being the Yangtze Estuary and Hangzhou Bay, warn officials with the State Oceanic Administration of China.

More than 91,950 square kilometers of sea failed to reach clean water standards, with 51,830 square kilometers being polluted to various degrees, according to a report released today on the sea's environment quality in 2009.

An area covering 21,570 square kilometers was severely polluted, mainly covering the Yangtze Estuary, Hangzhou Bay, and around Zhoushan Island.

The report classed the seas surrounding Shanghai as severely polluted.

Another 13,800-square-kilometer area was under moderate pollution and a 16,460-square-kilometer area was lightly polluted.

The report said that clean sea met national quality standards and could be used for fishing, rare aquatic life protection and marine reserves.

The water in lightly polluted areas, meeting the standard level three, could only be used as industrial water.


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