To celebrate the arrival of World Ocean Day, FST participated in the 5th annual fish and shrimp release event held at Judiao beach in Shenzhen on June 4th. The event, which was hosted by the Economic Service Bureau of Dapeng New Area, and organized by the Shenzhen Blue Ocean Environment Association.
Early in the morning of June 4th, at the foot of Qiangniang Mountain, the Judiao beach, one kilometer long crescent-shaped silver and white sand beach, was bustling with a group of ocean-loving people, who together generated waves of love, embracing the release of 1.4 million fish and shrimp fry back to the sea.
More than 500 environmental volunteers from schools, government departments, caring enterprises and diving clubs participated in the activities of beach cleaning, seabed cleaning, proliferation and release of water and environmental protection carnival. As the representative of the charity organization, Shenzhen FST was awarded the certificate of charity at the launch ceremony. A representative from FST said: "Individual power is limited, but we can be a good role model and use our limited power to guide more people and organizations to participate in actions to love and protect the ocean."
Scientifically increasing and releasing fish and shrimp helps the ocean thrive. “fish stocking is an activity of artificially releasing water organisms or spawning to public waters such as the sea, rivers and lakes, based on the current status of aquatic resources and water ecological environment as a measure of maintaining and recovering resources.” said Wu Xiaofeng, the director of Shenzhen Fishery Service and Aquatic Technology Promotion Station, Since 1999, the South China Sea area where Shenzhen is located will conduct closed fishing during the off-season.
The General Manager of Haisheng Biology, Deng Jingwen, who provided these fish and shrimp seedlings, stated that these are all species from the Dapeng sea area. The black scabbard fish and spotted shrimp are commonly known as blacktip shark and bamboo shrimp on the dinner tables in Shenzhen, and they are also cultivated and incubated in the Dapeng sea area. These fish and shrimp seedlings have been cultured in a greenhouse for about 30 days and after inspection, they are free of disease and residual drugs and can be used as species for stocking and release. Deng Jingwen said that these two fish and shrimp have a short growth period and can grow to full size in just three to four months.
"The black scabbard fish will live in the deep sea after growing up, but every winter it will return to the birthplace to lay eggs and hatch," Deng Jingwen said. These black scabbard fish will return to the Dapeng sea area in the winter of 2017 to breed the next generation.
Volunteers followed the instructions, gently placed the containers with fish and shrimp seedlings into the sea, mixed with seawater for a few seconds, and then released them to increase the survival rate. "Little fish, swim fast!" Many of the young volunteers who participated in the release are looking forward to the black scabbard fish growing up and returning to this beautiful Jiediaosha, laying eggs and breeding, and thriving.