A small river in China’s Hebei province is flowing with polluted water from a fishing fleet.
It’s just one of many similar incidents in the region.
But in China, as elsewhere, the authorities are focusing on fish.
And this time they have decided to take it seriously.
A man walks past the site of a fishing vessel leaking fish waste in Hebeidan city, Hebeifan province, China, May 26, 2018.
More than half of the water leaking from a nearby fish farm has been identified as having come from a local fisherman.
But now the local government wants the fishermen to clean up their act.
It has ordered local fishing fleets to clean out their fishing gear before they return to their stations, said Yang Dongqian, a spokesman for the provincial government.
More: The government says it is taking action against the owners of the fish farm.
The owners are facing up to 20 years in jail and are also facing fines of tens of thousands of yuan ($30,000).
The problem, according to the government, is that many local fish farms operate on an informal basis, so there is no regulatory oversight.
But the local fishing industry has a long history of not complying with regulations.
And this time the authorities have decided not to be lenient.
It is also calling on local authorities to cleanse the area.
In the meantime, the government says the fish farming industry needs to improve.
The government also wants the fishing vessels to clean their gear.
Yang Dongqians office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The ministry also said that local governments need to take measures to protect the public, and that they need to protect fish.
And it warned local fishermen against violating environmental laws, including the ban on fishing on rivers and streams.
We will not allow any illegal activities, and we will protect our waterways and wildlife,” the ministry said.
China has a population of nearly one billion, making it the second-largest fishing nation after the United States.
But its environmental laws have never caught up to the growing demand for its fish and other seafood.
In some parts of the country, the number of people on land is on the rise.
In Hebeig, the average population is almost 10 times higher than the average in the United Kingdom, and more than 10 times more than in China.