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Chinese Aquaculture 2015

It’s the world’s leading producer of seafood and the only country in the world where aquaculture production exceeds wild catch. And in 2002 China also became the world’s number one exporter of seafood, thanks to aquaculture.

Production from China’s fish farms accounted for 47.6 million metric tons of the 64.5 million metric tons of seafood which China produced in 2014. Output from aquaculture grew at 4.9 percent in 2014 while overall seafood output grew 4.5 percent. The vast bulk of China’s aquaculture is accounted for by carp but production is growing fast in the case of higher-value species like shrimp, eel, yellow croaker and shellfish.

However, rising costs, worsening water pollution and quality issues have weakened the competitiveness of China’s aquaculture output, prompting the country’s agriculture ministry to attempt to improve efficiencies and productivity in the sector.

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• Vietnam poses threat on back of lower labor costs

• Breeding threatens viability

• Plans to find strength in numbers

• Improving yields as available space decreases

• Antibiotics dependency

• Need for logistics improvements

• Catch 22 when it comes to trading access

• The threat of water pollution



• Total Chinese freshwater aquaculture production (million metric tons)

• Chinese shrimp export markets by value 2004-2013 ($ million)

• Total Chinese marine aquaculture production (million metric tons)

• Chinese aquaculture production by type 2008-2013 (million hectares)

• Chinese tilapia export markets by volume 2004-2011 (metric tons)

• Chinese tilapia production 2004-2013 (million metric tons)

• Main Chinese tilapia farming regions 2013 (metric tons)

• Chinese shrimp production 2004-2013 (million metric tons)


COMPANY PROFILES PART I: The tilapia producers

COMPANY PROFILES PART II: The shrimp producers

Contact details, financials (where available), history, strategy and key challenges and opportunities of the biggest companies in the sector.


CONCLUSION: Chinese aquaculture at a crossroads

• Shrimp: A challenging environment

• Stepping stones to self-sufficient seedling production

• Controlling climatic influence

• Fixing price volatility in fragmented tilapia sector

• Industry needs new quality focus

• Feed company sets up outreach program for mutual benefit

• Lack of investment may pose challenge

• Urbanization will play a role in production volumes

• Trade, currency and their roles in future production

• Vietnam: Opportunity or threat?

• The emergence of champions


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