May 20, 2022

The Fish Farms of Hainan Island in the South China Sea

The coasts are lined with tropical beaches, while the inner bays are lined with floating fishing towns often built in a grid-like patterns in shallow waters.
It is offered by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space. The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory as part of the ISS National Lab to assist astronauts take photos of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely readily available on the Internet.

May 9, 2021
The southern coasts of this Chinese island are lined with tropical beaches, while the inner bays are lined with floating fishing towns.
Situated in the South China Sea, the large island of Hainan is Chinas southernmost province, spanning around 339,000 hectares (1,300 square miles). This photo, taken by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS), focuses on the landscape around Gangmen Harbor and records lots of normal qualities of Hainan: forested mountain terrain juxtaposed with thick populations. Cleared lands appear with bright orange and red soils that owe their color to the oxidation of iron-rich sediments. The coasts are lined with tropical beaches, while the inner bays are lined with drifting fishing towns typically developed in a grid-like patterns in shallow waters.
Língshui Li Autonomous County, at the south end of Hainan, sustains a large nomadic sea neighborhood. China is already a world leader in wild catch fish production, and fish farming is quickly expanding. China grows nearly 60 percent of the worlds farmed fish, especially for carp and tilapia. These aquaculture sites are typically matched with fishing ports (such as Gangmen) that offer efficient transport for machinery, construction, and fish materials required to sustain aquacultural production.

By NASA Earth Observatory
October 9, 2021

Astronaut picture ISS065-E-31198 was gotten on May 9, 2021, with a Nikon D5 digital cam utilizing a focal length of 1150 millimeters. It is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space. The International Space Station Program supports the lab as part of the ISS National Lab to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to researchers and the public, and to make those images freely offered on the Internet.

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