Ocean Family building new tuna vessels for the Pacific poles
One of China’s leading fisheries firms says it is building China’s first vessels designed for fishing the waters around the north and south poles of the Pacific Ocean.
Da Yang Shi (also known by its English name brand Ocean Family) is building two large scale “super low temperature” vessels for the Pacific as well as a vessel for squid fishing in Argentinean waters.
The vessels, each 830 tons in dimension, are being constructed by He Tai Shipbuilding Co. and will be ready by mid-2018. He Tai is based in Zhoushan, the same city as Da Yang Shi.
A statement from Da Yang Shi said the new vessels are part of the national effort to make China “a strong long-distance fishing nation, not just a big long-distance fishing nation.”
The company also said it is responding to a call from officials in Zhejiang Province – where the company is headquartered – to build a value-chain around long distance fishing. Da Yang Shi Jia will bring its catches to a “long-distance fishing industry park” being built by local government, it said.