Heavy Ice Troubles Chinese Fisheries

JINAN, China, Jan. 21 (UPI) — Heavy ice off the coast of northeastern China this winter has crippled the region’s fishing industry, officials said Thursday.

Shandong province’s Marine and Fishery Department said the region’s worst ice in 40 years has blocked 16 fishing harbors and trapped nearly 4,000 fishing boats, Xinhua reported. So far, losses have totaled more than 100,000 tons of fish with an estimated value of about $146 million, the state-run news agency said.

Temperatures this month have plummeted to minus 10 degrees Celsius along the coasts of the Bohai and Yellow seas, and meteorologists say it’s not over yet.

The cold weather also has affected marine transport and offshore mining in the region.

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