China plans to reduce its marine fish catch in the next few years to protect the environment. The ocean fishery output will drop to less than 10 million tonnes by 2020, down by 3.1 million tonnes from 2015, Vice Minister of Agriculture Yu Kangzhen said…Full Article: ECNS.cn Jan 2017

Key Point

  • From 2016 to 2020, China will reportedly allocate CNY 7.5 billion (~US$1.1 billion) to subsidize fishermen and promote non-marine fishing (i.e. fish farming and recreational fishing).

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  • In November 2016, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources proposed (unsuccessfully) a US$2.1 billion bid to fish lease and fish 10,000 acres (~4,046 hectares) of Andros Island [largest island of the Bahamas].
  • In August 2016, China’s Minister of Agriculture announced it would curtail its fishing fleet owing to overfishing. According to the minister, China typically catches 8 million to 9 million MTs of fish per year, but catches have totaled approximately 13 million MTs over the past few years. Additionally, in rivers, China’s top four fish species have seen their egg laying decrease from 30 billion to under 1 billion. Accordingly, China has issued recommendations that Hainan Island maintain its current fishing fleet size, while certain other provinces decrease their fleet size by 3%.
  • In May 2016, Chinese scientists looking into open-net salmon farming within a cold mass of the Yellow Sea. A research team from Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Shandong Province, has purchased 120,000 salmon eggs from the USA to conduct their experiment. By October 2016, the research team will place the salmon fry and parr (i.e. baby salmon and juvenile salmon) in a 13 sq. km cold water mass within the Yellow Sea. By 2018, the salmon (~4 kgs each) will be fished and sold. Partnering with Qingdao’s Ocean University of China is Wanzefeng Fishery. This company will construct a two-hectare facility for salmon egg fertilization, cold storage facilities, as well as renovate a ship to assist in transporting the salmon.
  • 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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