China: seafood market conditions

China’s annual summer fishing moratorium began on 1 May, banning all fishing activities in seas to China’s north, east, and south until August, in order to conserve marine fisheries. Typically, this is a time of seafood price fluctuations, as this report from Ningbo describes:

“Although it is much cheaper than before the Spring Festival, the price of high-quality seafood is still firm, and it will rise before the May Day holiday.” Read the full article here (Chinese).

Here is another report from the Ningbo seafood market, focusing on the role of imported products to fill consumption gaps during the fishing moratorium, “including razor clams, scallop, mussels, abalone, oysters, snails, etc., not only from China, but also from Vietnam, New Zealand, Canada and other countries. In the past, big abalone and oysters were considered rare by consumers, but now they are blooming everywhere, and the sales volume will be better during the fishing moratorium.” Read more here (Chinese).

This piece from the Global Times contains more information about the moratorium, as well as the impact on seafood production and consumption in various parts of China. Read here (Chinese).

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