The People's Government of Dali has banned all fishing activities on Erhai Lake from January 1 of this year "in order to guarantee Erhai's ecological recovery and the sustainable development of the fishing industry", according to a Yunnan Daily report.
Not unlike Dianchi Lake in Kunming, Erhai Lake has seen its water quality drop severely in the last couple of decades, especially with the rapid development of Xiaguan (aka 'New Dali') and its accompanying pollution.
Pollution plus heavy fishing have taken a toll on the quality and quantity of fish in the lake. There is also a tourist element to fishing on Erhai Lake, as many foreign and domestic tourists make it out to witness a traditional local fishing method using cormorants.
The Dali government also declared that the 2.1-square kilometer Erhai Aquatic Life Protected Area between Hong Mountain and Ao Mountain in Shuanglang Town will be closed to the public for the entire year.© Copyright 2005-2021 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.