(Yicai Global) Jan. 23 -- The government of China’s eastern Shandong province has suspended extensive land reclamation projects with the aim of restoring ecosystems on its Yellow Sea coastline.
The ban is part of a new environmental protection campaign, dubbed Blue Ocean, to rejuvenate the environment in key bay areas, the government said at a recent ocean and fisheries conference.
All land-fill projects will be prohibited in the Yellow Sea, with the exception of four types of projects, which are encouraged by the state. The national long-term bay area management initiative was first piloted in Jiaozhou Bay and will now be rolled out along all of the province's coastline.
Shandong, with a coastline spanning some 3,000 kilometers, is well-known for its abundant marine resources. However, the rapid development of artificial island projects threatens the neighboring environment. One such island near the city of Yantai in 2016 measured more than 35 square-kilometers, only 17 square kilometers smaller than Shandong’s largest archipelago.