At an opening ceremony on Tuesday morning, Zhang Zhanhai, chief engineer of the Ministry of Natural Resources, said that the Communist Party of China Central Committee has placed ecological and environmental endeavors on top of its work agenda since the 18th CPC National Congress in late 2012.
As a result, his ministry has paid great attention to the environmental protection of seas and oceans as well as marine resources' sustainable development, Zhang said.
"We have been encouraging and fostering high-quality development of marine resources, firmly safeguarding marine ecosystems, strictly regulating commercial use of seas and islands, and actively promoting awareness and knowledge about seas and oceans among the public," the official said in his speech.
At the ceremony, marine affairs bureaus under the Ministry of Natural Resources explained their measures in surveying, managing and restoring marine ecosystems.
A national knowledge competition of seas and oceans was also launched at the event, intending to attract more people, especially youngsters, to understand and care about blue waters.
After the ceremony, an exhibition was opened to members of the public, displaying ocean-themed artworks and designs made by Chinese students.
In addition, two marine research ships received visitors from primary and middle schools at their home port in Qingdao.