China's Ministry of Finance and the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) declared Zhoushan a pilot city for the national innovative development of the marine economy on Oct 30.
Seven other coastal cities in the country were also designated as pilot cities out of 20 candidates. Other pilot cities include Tianjin, Nantong, Zhanjiang, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Qingdao and Yantai.
The eight cities selected will obtain a special grant from the central government to develop its local marine economy. The cities will be encouraged to make full use of their local marine resources, upgrade their marine industries, develop marine science and improve the capability of independent innovation in marine industries.