The Bureau of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) and the Secretariat of Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) held a talk on November 20, 2018, and they exchanged their views on revising the notification fee of fishing access, donating the auction money of Patagonian toothfish and notifying import and export data of Patagonian toothfish in China. The two sides agreed to set up the China fund in CCAMLR with the aim of strengthening capacity building of developing countries. During the talk, the Secretariat of CCAMLR received the donation of auction money of Patagonian toothfish from the Chinese side.
Since China joined CCAMLR in 2007, it has been actively and responsibly participating in conservation, development and utilization of Antarctic marine living resources under the framework of managing the commission. The Chinese government released a series of effective policies, systems and measures including constantly improving management system of pelagic fishery, strengthening multilateral fishery cooperation and cracking down on illegal behavior with zero-tolerance in order to perform its obligations as a responsible country and promote standardized and orderly development of pelagic fishery in China. The secretariat expressed thankfulness to the Chinese side for its support as well as contribution and efforts made in Antarctic marine living resources conservation and was willing to work with China in conserving, developing and utilizing Antarctic marine living resources in a reasonable way.
The Chinese government carried out the port inspection and detained illegal transport of Patagonian toothfish loaded on a foreign refrigerated ship in May, 2016, upon the request of the Secretariat. Those goods were auctioned in Yantai in 2017. During the 37th Annual Meeting of CCAMLR, the Chinese delegation notified the disposal of those goods to the Secretariat and promised to donate the remaining funds to the Commission.