Middle class shoppers in China are showing a growing appetite for seafood products and a passion for imported delicacies as they prop up an industry going through turbulent times. Data released in August by the Ministry of Commerce showed that China imported seafood and fish products worth $3.52 billion during the first seven months of this year, down 5.12 percent from the same period of 2014. Aquatic exports reached $10.66 billion during the same period, a year-on-year drop of 4.7 percent, according to the General Administration of Customs…Full Article: ECNS.cn Sept 2015

Key Point

  • In September 2015, Hong Kong hosted the Seafood Expo Asia. Participants reportedly had a mixed outlook on China’s seafood industry.

ChinaAg Comment

  • The President of Asian Seafoods stated in 2015 that the “golden age” for the China’s seafood industry occurred between 1999 and 2008.
  • In 2013, China produced 26.4 million MTs of freshwater fish and 11.1 million MTs of saltwater fish. Guangdong accounted for 3.3 million MTs or 13% (second highest) of China’s freshwater fish and 1.5 million MTs or 14% of its saltwater fish (fourth highest). In comparison to Guangdong, Zhejiang was a much smaller producer of freshwater fish (704,274 MTs), but was China’s largest producer of saltwater fish at 2.5 million MTs or 22% of its total output.

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