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Photo Essay: Meet Sanya’s Fishing Baroness

By Chen Liang and Wu Gang
The fishing boat uses about 300 powerful lights to attract fish to the surface. Photos: Chen Liang/Caixin
The fishing boat uses about 300 powerful lights to attract fish to the surface. Photos: Chen Liang/Caixin
(Sanya, Hainan province) — After the “strictest-ever” fishing ban in the South China Sea was lifted in mid-August, fisherwoman Liang Fujiao was one of the first to head out to sea.

Liang, who says she was born in a fishing boat in the 1960s, has become one of Sanya’s most successful businesswomen. She owns a fleet of 10 fishing boats that cost more than 16 million yuan ($2.46 million) each, as well as several restaurants and a training school for fishermen in the resort town in tropical Hainan Island, close to China’s southern tip. This is her story.

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