Thousands of fish fry were released into the Tumen River in northeast China on Thursday to replenish its stocks. It was the fifth annual release of artificially-bred fish fry into the river in Jilin Province. Stretching more than 500 km, the Tumen forms part of the border between China, Russia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea…Full Article: Xinhua Apr 2016

Key Points

  • Jilin Province released more than 800,000 salmon fry (e.g. Chum salmon or dog salmon) and 500 other fish fry species.
  • Over the past five years, Jilin Province has released 2.3 million salmon fry, 3.4 million juvenile crabs, and 270,000 other fish species into the Tumen River.

ChinaAg Comments

  • Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) is a type of Pacific salmon that can be smoked, canned, or eaten fresh. Its caviar (fish eggs) is also consumed. Additionally, fish fry denotes fish that have reached their juvenile stage of development where they can feed themselves.
  • 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.

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