SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong February 10, 2017
China is changing from the largest global seafood exporter to the largest global seafood importer with full government support. This has significant implication for both fishing policy, where the government plans to restrict harvests, and for tariff policy, where the government has already reduced some seafood import tariffs and is likely to take further action in this area.
One government action is to take 20,000 fishing vessels out of commission.
China’s marine resources have been in decline with environmental pollution, overfishing, and at sea transportation and transshipment.
The Ministry of Agriculture has released two notices to improve the situation. The first one is about further strengthening the control of China’s fishing boats to better manage marine resources. The second one is about the adaptation of China’s fishing closed fishing season rules.
The country’s fishing volume of marine resources are going to contract, according to these notices. The projected decline will be to around 10 million tons in 2020. This is 3.09 million tons lower compared with the volume of 2015. ...