China is the largest country in aquatic producing,
trade and consumption. Up to now we have confronted with complicated economic
situation in the world and various challenges posed by economic slowdown in
China. Transformation and updating of China’s fishery and aquaculture industry
has become the inevitable choice for future development. Therefore it is of
vital importance to understand the motivation behind this transformation and
the core concept of sustainability in updating.
General Picture of China’s Aquatic
Production. China’s fishery industry has seen a zero growth for
years and aquaculture is also stepping into a saturated stage. Processing
industry obviously slows down. Aquatic import and export underwent negative
growth in 2015for the first time after 17 years of continuous growth.
Transformation of Fishery Industry. Nowadays
the Chinese government put ecological civilization construction and
environmental protection on unprecedented height. Marine fishery continues
reducing, which will ease the dependence and pressure on natural marine
resources. The targets for transformation include: increasing commodity rate of
marine fishery, increasing the commodity value of fishery products, and
shifting more financial profits to fishermen.
Transformation of Aquaculture Industry. Traditional farming module is transforming into a more ecological one. At
present, aquaculture contributes 74% of the national total aquatic products.
Over the next 5 to 10 years, this ratio will increase to 80% while the output
in fishery industry will continue falling. The traditional style extensive
farming has come to a dead end. The mode of high production but low efficiency is
no longer encouraged. Aquaculture will and is turning to a more ecological, high-quality
and sustainable direction.
Transformation of Aquatic Processing
Industry. In recent years, China has increasingly attached importance to environmental
protection, which intensifies the contradiction between surplus of processing
capacity and shortage of raw materials. Private business still has difficulties
in obtaining loans while the cost of labor continues increasing every year. Aquatic
processing sector’s transformation includes: meeting the huge potential demands
in domestic market, shifting from demanding yield to improving quality, and
moving down the distribution channels to the lower ends in international trade.
Aquatic Products Trade Transformation. Trade
volume of Chinese aquatic products occupies the world’s highest proportion
(15%). In 2015, China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance issued Consumption Guide for Aquatic Products for the first time. According to
the Guide, the following products are encouraged: 1) products with
domestic and international certifications like MSC, ASC, BAP, organic
certification and green product certification; 2) low-carbon products like
carp, silver carp, etc.; 3) carbon sink fish like shellfish, algae, etc.
Joint efforts in promoting
transformation and updating. China’s fishery needs transformation and
updating, and our aquaculture should move towards sustainable development. We
should establish an aquatic mode orients at ecology and health. The market demands
higher added-value aquatic products. Meanwhile, high value should be created
for aquatic by-products and low-value marine captures. With fishery industry structure
in China becoming better balanced, consumers can enjoy better and safer aquatic
products. We are confident China’s market access system will gradually be
established. China can play a more active and crucial role in the global sustainable
development only by taking sustainability into consideration in various and
The overall development of the industry needs
everyone’s participation and contribution. These are the reasons behind the
organization of Asia-Pacific Aquaculture Expo and related conferences.
In 2015, aquaculture professionals from 16 countries/regions
gathered in Xiamen city of China, displayed the latest products and technology,
and attended 17 fascinating themed conferences and activities, including Global
Aquaculture Summit and the 7th Chinese Prawn Industry
Asia-Pacific is the core region of global
aquaculture and China plays a leading role in Asia-Pacific region. The regular holding of Asia-Pacific
Aquaculture Expo will promote information exchange and trade activities of
new products, equipment, and new technology. The event will motivate industrial
upgrading and transformation. In 2016, our exposition will still be located in
the beautiful city of Xiamen from May 26 to 28, with exhibits covering the
whole industry chain ranging from breeding, feeds, technology, equipment,
processing, and transportation to the final products. Our conferences will
start on May 25. The topics include the global aquaculture industry trends,
latest technologies & products, abalone farming, grouper farming, frozen
products, investment, e-commerce, logistics, etc. It’s a grand event for
Asia-Pacific Asia Pacific and even the world’s aquaculture industry.