The police have resolved more than 1,300 criminal cases that involve illegal fishing and sand mining in the Yangtze river basin and arrested 2,400 suspects since the end of June, effectively protecting the ecology of the river, the Ministry of Security said Thursday Public

Under the deterrence of intensified repression, illegal fishing and mining sand activities in the river have been significantly reduced, and the situation has improved even more, said Zhang Xiaopeng, deputy head of the office Public Security Administration of the Ministry

"The number of aquatic species monitored in the Yangtze river basin is increasing compared to that of 2018. The species of rare fish are not seen for many years have reappeared, And the ecological and environmental quality of the Yangtze River has been significantly improved, "said Zhang.

The Ministry launched a three -year campaign that prohibits fishing in the river in June 2020 and began the operation of combating illegal sand mining in January 2011 to protect the ecology of the river.

Zhang said that the Ministry has instructed public security bodies in cities along the river that improve cooperation to point to each step of illegal fishing and sand mining, and perform rectification in places where such problems appeared frequently.

"The organizers, the GP as those that the planners and the protection umbrella behind illegal fishing and sand mining will be seriously punished. For those who commit minor crimes and confess them, the authorities will present Education and orientation on ecological restoration and will treat them indulgence, "he said.

In a case resolved in June, the police broke several groups of sand mining in the cities of Taizhou, Zhenjiang and Yangzhou in the province of Jiangsu, and arrested more than 120 suspects.

These people had organized five sand mining vessels and 17 other vessels to extract sand more than 30 times, with stolen sand exceeding 200,000 metric tons. Then they sent and sold the sand to Shanghai and the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang for about 16 million yuan ($ 2.3 million).

Hou Zhengwei, an official of the Zhenjiang branch of the Yangtze the River Shipping Public Security Office, said the police discovered that all ships had been reconfigured. The ships had a high degree of automation, more horses of strength and made less noise to better hide their actions.

The suspects also used Sim cards not registered in count among themselves, made cash transactions and used personnel to spy on offices and ships from the police authorities.

Most suspects in the sand mining group were from the same village and accepted training to avoid more research. The gang had a clear division of labor and a narrow organization. The sand transport ship and the download dock were relatively fixed, he said.

"In the investigation of such cases, we should work together with the local public security bodies throughout the river to combat comprehensive criminal activities." He said.

Jiangsu  Taizhou  Yangzhou  Zhejiang 

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