Out to lunch: Extraordinary moment thousands of Chinese trawlers head out to sea after three-month ban on fishing is lifted | By Simon Tomlinson for MailOnline | Sept 19, 2014

Chinese trawlers rush out into the East China Sea at the end of yearly three-month-long fishing ban

Chinese trawlers rush out into the East China Sea at the end of yearly three-month-long fishing ban

Thousands of Chinese trawlers rushed out into the East China Sea today after a three-month-long summer fishing moratorium ended.

These incredible images of boats setting out from a harbour in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, show just why China harvests more fish than any other country.

Although China has one fifth of the world’s population, it consumes a third of the world’s fish – some 50million tonnes a year.

Although China has one fifth of the world's population, it consumes a third of the world's fish

Although China has one fifth of the world’s population, it consumes a third of the world’s fish

Worldwide average of fish consumption is just over 16 kg a year, in China the ave person is twice

Worldwide average of fish consumption is just over 16 kg a year, in China the ave person is twice

Fishermen themselves blame pollution, but environmental experts say overfishing has a role

Fishermen themselves blame pollution, but environmental experts say overfishing has a role

Four main species – the Japanese Spanish mackerel, eel, the large, small yellow croaker – plummeted

Four main species – the Japanese Spanish mackerel, eel, the large, small yellow croaker – plummeted

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