China to Boost Aquaculture Resources

Beijing plans to meet its rising seafood needs by instituting a heavily subsidized overhaul of its freshwater aquaculture resources in the region of the capital city. In Miyun County, two hours outside of the city-center, fish farmers are given generous subsidies from the local government to restore ponds and to build “greenhouse-style” fish farms: indoor, year-round production in tanks with water recirculating systems. According to the government press office, this year Beijing is also subsidizing the building of 12 specialized “breeding farms” producing carp, perch and eels. “The goal is to eliminate small, scattered and inefficient ponds and to industrialize our fish farming,” explained a government spokesman on the Beijing TV channel run by local government.

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