China plans aquaculture shift to government-backed zones by 2020
China is vowing to clean up its fragmented aquaculture sector to improve standards, but its state-backed plan may run into resistance from overseas competitors.
According to China’s 13th Five Year Plan, the government blueprint that guides the national economy, China will establish thousands of provincial-level demonstration zones, to account for 65 percent of the country’s overall aquaculture output by 2020.
The demonstration parks will be overseen and funded by local governments, offering the kind of state aid that has triggered anti-dumping cases against Chinese seafood exports in the past.
While China expects its seafood production to drop as a result of the plan, China projects that by 2020, the value of its seafood sales will expand by almost 100 percent, to CNY 14 trillion (USD 2.04 trillion, EUR 1.93 trillion) through 2020. China is also planning 80 mariculture sites and will have 550 maritime conservation zones by 2020, according to the plan.