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Sea ice kills fish stocks

SEA ice off China's east coast is killing fish stocks and causing huge losses to the fishing industry -- and the situation is set to worsen, the State Oceanic Administration warned yesterday.

Almost 30,000 square kilometers of sea ice was covering up to 40 percent of the Bohai Sea off east China's Shandong Province, said Lin Shanqing, director of the administration's disaster relief department.

Lin said sea ice in Liaodong Bay had expanded to almost 70 nautical miles off the coast from 60 nautical miles on Tuesday. Sea ice in Laizhou Bay and Bohai Bay had expanded to 30 nautical miles from 20 nautical miles on Sunday.

The worst sea ice in 40 years appeared from early January along the coasts of the Bohai Sea and the Yellow Sea as cold fronts pushed temperatures below minus 10 degrees Celsius.

Sea ice had affected fisheries in Shandong's Qinghai, Yantai, Weihai port cities, as stocks died and boats were trapped in port.


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