Yellow Sea sites chosen for two offshore salmon projects

Published on
December 4, 2017

China could replace imported salmon with domestically produced product, according to a leading Chinese expert in offshore aquaculture. 

China’s Yellow Sea is well-placed for offshore aquaculture which could be worth “hundreds of billions” of yuan, according to China Ocean University [Da Yang Da Xue] Professor Shuang Lin.

Lin is the brains behind an offshore salmon-breeding project underway in the Yellow Sea and heads the Yellow Sea Cold Water Group Green Aquaculture Science and Technology Innovation Project, a government-backed project to raise salmon on China’s east coast. 

Lin contends that deep-water cages 100 nautical miles offshore can produce salmon and trout to compete with imports. Shuang said he’s confident of breeding five-kilogram sized salmon but adds that finance will be vital to realizing Chinese ambitions of salmon self-sufficiency. 

“We will have the quality to compete but we will also be more competitive [than imports] in both freshness and price,” Lin said. 

The Yellow Sea – a stretch of water connecting China with the two Koreas and Japan – is also the focus of a separate salmon-breeding pilot project spearheaded by Rizhao Wanzefeng Fishing Co. and Wuchuan Heavy Industry, a maker of maritime platforms and vessels. 

On land, meanwhile, seafood processor Oriental Ocean has been raising small quantities of salmon and selling them in live tanks in Chinese supermarkets. 

Contributing Editor

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