China’s salmon-lovers now have a home-grown option when it comes to their favorite fish, instead of relying on air-flown imports, as a Shandong fishery company is now catering to the booming market for salmon in China. Shandong Oriental Ocean Sci-Tech Co, the first in the country that brought Atlantic salmon eggs home for its nursery and aquafarming, sold 400 tons of the fish in the first half of the year, said the Shenzhen-listed firm on Tuesday [18 August 2015]…Full Article: ECNS.cn Aug 2015

Key Points

  • According to the Manager of the Yantai Economy and Technology Development Zone (subsidiary of Shandong Oriental), the company operates 16 aquafarming stations (36,800 cubic meters of water) and produces approximately 1,000 MTs of Atlantic salmon annually.  He noted that China imports roughly 30,000 MTs to 50,000 MTs of Atlantic salmon per year.
  • In 2010, with the help of Norway, Shandong Oriental Ocean established a RAS (recirculating aquaculture system) nursery system.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2014, China (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) imported nearly 145,000 MTs of frozen Pacific salmon (e.g. Pink and Chum salmon) primarily from the USA, Japan, and Russia. China also imported ~42,800 MTs of fresh/chilled Atlantic salmon primarily from Norway, Faeroe Islands, the United Kingdom, and Chile.  Lastly, China imported more than 22,000 MTs of frozen Atlantic salmon primarily from Chile, Norway, Faeroe Islands, and the United Kingdom.
  • Since the summer of 2014, according to China, 10 shipments of Norwegian salmon originating from three counties (Sor-Trondelag, Troms and Nordland) were found to contain viruses that can cause infectious salmon anaemia (ISA). One such detection occurred in February 2015.
  • In September 2014, China temporarily banned the importation of whole Norwegian salmon reportedly due to salmon anaemia and its viral variants. Norwegian processed salmon (i.e. no heads, gills, and entrails) was still allowed into China.
  • In January 2011, China agreed to make Scotland its preferred salmon supplier. This occurred shortly after the Oslo-based Nobel organization awarded the 2010 Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, an imprisoned Chinese dissident.

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