In the wake of China's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020), Wuxi vowed to strongly develop its fishery industry.
The city's authorities aim to raise both the quantity and quality of
aquatic products while maintaining an environmental consciousness.
The mid-sized Jiangsu province city is already a rich fishing source
and accounts for 130,000 tons of aquatic products, around a third of
Wuxi's consumption needs. The city's lakes and rivers are awash with
more than 40 different species, from highly-prized crabs to inexpensive
Fishermen use a lift to maneuver a large basket of fish. [Photo/wxrb.com]
However, a large portion of the local fishing industry is currently
in the hands of small businesses, often households, and city officials
hope to encourage these operators to develop and modernize their
"Fisheries in the region are mainly managed by households. They
rarely use modern fishery equipment in aquaculture because of they are
operating on a low level," said an official of the agricultural
department in Wuxi.
Accordingly, Wuxi will promote the application of modern science and
technology in local fisheries. Officials nonetheless recognize the need
for these efforts to cooperate with local research centers.
One example is a shrimp-rice growing model; a program in which the
two are successfully cultivated in the same environment. The scheme
would raise productivity yields and provide farmers with supplementary
It is hoped that with the implementation of innovative programs such
as these the local government can use science and technology to foster
the development of Wuxi's fishing industry.