China's seafood output slipped in 2018

Published on
January 2, 2019

It looks as though China is heading for the first contraction in seafood output in years. 

The country is reporting output of 53.75 million tons for the first 11 months of 2018, down 1.01 percent year-on-year, according to data published by China's Agriculture Ministry in Beijing, which also oversees fisheries. 

China’s total of caught seafood in the first 11 months of 2018 dropped 5.61 percent to 11.4 million tons, in part due to stricter enforcement of a lengthier annual fishing moratorium in domestic waters, according to the ministry’s report. The document also pointed to progress in reducing the domestic water fleet, reducing freshwater pollution, and increasing jobs and revenue in projects combining fisheries and tourism. 

China’s output of seafood from January to November 2016 was 57.26 million tons, an increase of 2.98 percent year-on-year.

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