The pirates of the Bohai sea

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Posted 20 Jun 2011 in china

On the polluted sea side of Hebei province, three hours drive from Beijing, fishermen are facing strict bans to protect the ressource in Bohai sea. Well, no that strict. Because if you bribe the right officials, at the right local fishery bureau, you might be able to fish anytime. But those who don’t bribe and are still at sea, can have big trouble.

I went to some fishermen village to meet a captain who lost 4 men during a sea fight. Pirates came up and smashed his boat, killed  4 people and eventually threw 2 of them into the sea. Since then, their widows have been begging the police and local governement for truth. As it is becoming more and more difficult to fish, locals are switching business: either they grow oysters and mussels (after getting loans from local thugs to buy equipment) or they propose boat trips for tourists.

According to State Oceanic Adminstration, the Bohai Sea is the most polluted sea in China. According to ngos, it absorbs nearly 5.7 billion tones of sewage each year, 2 million tones of solid waste and 43 of its 52 rivers that flow into it are heavily polluted. To contact me : jordanpouille(@)gmail.com

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