China’s fisheries output will top 1.73 trillion yuan ($273.89 billion) in 2012, up 15% year-on-year, the Xinhua News Agency reported, citing a senior fishery official.

Fishermen will harvest 59.06 million tons this year, up 5.4% from 2011, Zhao Xingwu, head of the Bureau of Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture, said at a national fisheries work meeting in Beijing Sunday.

Aquaculture will yield 43.05 million tons this year, up 7% year on year and domestic fishing will provide 14.83 million tons, almost the same as 2011. Finally, distant fishing will bring in 1.18 million tons, up 2.8% year on year, Zhao said.

Annual income for fishermen will average at 11,256 yuan [US$1,807] per capita in 2012, up 12.4% year on year, Zhao said.

Beijing has been mapping out policies to support fisheries, including 8.01 billion yuan [US$1.3 billion] of investment this year to boost fishery infrastructure, said Niu Dun, vice minister of agriculture.

Source: Morning Whistle Dec 2012

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