Swine flu lifts China's fish farmers

China's fish farmers are benefiting from the aftereffects of the H1N1 influenza, or swine flu, outbreak, according to China's Ministry of Agriculture.

Fishmeal prices have dropped considerably since the outbreak took hold in mid- to late April due to reduced demand for pork (pig farmers use fishmeal in their feed).

What's more, demand for fish has strengthened as Chinese consumers shy away from pork and eat fish instead, which has also benefited fish farmers.

Chinese authorities have confirmed 80 cases of swine flu infection, but there have been no reports of deaths from the virus in the country.

Worldwide, fishmeal prices have been trending downward since mid-2008, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

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