24-hour “battle” of a civilian fish-protection team
At 14:32, a citizen used a hand rod as well as three sea rods at Lvxi River, Baisha. Liu Hong went ashore, seized three sea rods, and let the fisher cut the string himself. And then Liu and his team members started driving, and preached to the fishers that one could only use one hand rod for recreational fishing.
At 16:13, team members returned to the wharf of Youxi Town, symbolizing the end of this patrol. Cheng Liang put ten more illegal nets seized this time into a big boat. “In the past six years, we solved thousands of cases, and summed up the experience. We must gather evidence and catch the illegal fishers; meanwhile we must ensure the illegal fishers’ safety,” Liu Hong said. Sometimes they may encounter with extreme situations. For example, illegal fishers would jump into the river to escape, and their team members must jump along to rescue the illegal fishers.
The 6-year “Protection of the Yangtze River” is not easy. Some people quitted, and some people joined the team. The remaining team members are still optimistic about the future. Recently, a new round of special crackdown on illegal fishing has been launched in the riverside areas; many departments went to the team for information. Liu Hong said: “we will stick to the protection of fishes in the Yangtze River, and hope to benefit more people.” (Translated by Xu Mengxue, Fathom Language Limited)