The mainland will strengthen management of its marine resources and speed up studies of proposals on the demarcation of maritime space with its neighbours, a senior official said. Speaking at a national maritime management meeting, vice-director of the State Oceanography Bureau Chen Bingyin said it was his bureau's responsibility to carry out research, surveys and studies of China's marine resources to help the central Government make policies on maritime management. He said the bureau had the crucial task of examining the various proposals on demarcation of maritime space with neighbouring countries. These studies, which included the Gulf of Tonkin, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, would provide the central Government with territorial evidence crucial to China's negotiations with other countries, Mr Chen said. Starting this year, China will conduct systematic studies on its economic zones and prospecting of the continental shelves. The Government will also take part in projects in the South Pole and other international maritime schemes. Mr Chen emphasised the implementation of China's first maritime scientific research law next month and said the Government would start cracking down on polluters. He revealed that China would spend three years completing its second national maritime pollution study. Experimental bases would be set up in Dalian and Jiaozhou bays. The first batch of submarine waste discharge monitoring stations had been chosen and would be established in the Yangtze River Delta and Dapeng Bay near Shenzhen, he added.