State Oceanic Administration

China coastal waters suffering increased, 'acute' pollution

A Chinese boy swims in the sea by a rubbish-strewn beach along the sea coast in Anquan village, south China's Hainan province. Photo: AFP

China’s coastal waters are suffering “acute” pollution, with the size of the worst affected areas soaring by more than 50 per cent last year, an official body said. The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said 68,000 square kilometres of sea had the worst official pollution rating last year, up 24,000 square kilometres on 2011.

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Former Shandong governor Jiang Daming is head of land and resources

He has been a top leader in Shandong, a big base for agricultural production and marine industry, since 1998, when he was transferred from the central committee of the Communist Youth League to the province's Communist Party committee.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:01am

Fleet sails in as patrols stepped up

Beijing has stepped up patrols of the South China Sea, sending a fleet of four maritime surveillance ships to the disputed waters, state media said.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ministries and agencies probe Bohai Sea oil spills

The central government has finally weighed in on the Bohai Sea oil-spill controversy, two months after the first spill was detected, in an apparent attempt to turn up the heat on US-based oil company ConocoPhillips amid growing public impatience.

22 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

U.S. oil firm warned over spill clean-up

The State Oceanic Administration has vowed to take further action against US oil company ConocoPhillips China if it finds oil left over from previous spills or new leaks at a Bohai Sea oilfield next month.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Delays in reporting oil spills criticised

Two large oil corporations, one state-owned and the other based in the United States, are being criticised for delays in reporting oil spills they caused last month in the mouth of Bohai Bay, an inner gulf in the Yellow Sea.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Yellow Sea fleet strengthened by two new ships

China is sending two surveillance ships to the Yellow Sea, near waters where a joint drill involving a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, and South Korean forces is scheduled later this year.

The China Maritime Surveillance Force added two large ships to its fleet on Thursday to better protect the country's maritime rights and interests, Xinhua said.

8 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Push to promote private investment in uninhabited isles

The national oceanic authority has changed its defensive stance on the development of uninhabited islands, and is promoting the idea of allowing overseas and private investors to exploit offshore resources.

12 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Coastal industries face tighter central control

The mainland's rapidly growing offshore and coastal industries would have to contend with tougher regulations, higher duties and direct central government inspections, State Oceanic Administration director Sun Zhihui said on Sunday.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Mainland wins major share of ship orders

China has overtaken South Korea as the world's largest shipbuilder - at least in terms of new orders, with a 165 per cent increase in the first half - according to the State Oceanic Administration.

11 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Network of ocean patrols will monitor key resources

Beijing has set up a network of regular air and sea patrols in the East China Sea to monitor traffic and strengthen its claims over the area - efforts that have already resulted in warnings to several US military vessels surveying the zone.

7 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Sites targeted for dumping of building waste

Hong Kong picks the mainland areas from a list recommended by firms

At least eight sites in the Pearl River Delta region have been identified by the Hong Kong government as potential areas for dumping millions of tonnes of the city's excess construction waste.

22 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Firm claims $18m in mud dumping row

A ROW over contaminated mud is set to end in the High Court after the Government stopped a dredging contractor dumping the sludge in Chinese waters.

The dispute came to a head last week when the contractor, Gitanes Engineering, issued a writ claiming $18.76 million damages.

22 Feb 1996 - 12:00am