Qianjiang City in Hubei Province has officially become China’s biggest exporter of crayfish, selling a huge amount of the delicacy last year. According to figures released Tuesday [24 May 2016], the city exported crayfish worth 190 million U.S. dollars in 2015, accounting for more than 60 percent of the entire crayfish export revenue of Hubei. Revenue from crayfish sold online exceeded 100 million yuan (15 million U.S. dollars) last year, according to the Qianjiang government…Full Article: The Global Times May 2016

Key Point

  • In 2001, Qianjiang’s crayfish industry began receiving government support.

ChinaAg Comment

  • Hubei Province only produces freshwater seafood products, with the majority being artificially grown has opposed to being caught fresh. In 2013, Hubei province was China’s second largest (21% or ~570,200 MTs) freshwater producer of crustaceans (e.g. shrimps, crabs, and prawns) after Jiangsu Province (28% or ~781,800 MTs).

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