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Fisheries management in China

China is by far the biggest fishery producer, yet fisheries management in China is comparatively unknown. A new review is changing this.

Pomfret (Pampus argenteus) for sale in a restaurant in China
Pomfret (Pampus argenteus) for sale in a restaurant in China
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Mikko Heino

Shen Gongming from the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences was visiting EvoFish for a year in 2012–2013. During his visit, he prepared a review on fisheries management in China. The review, co-authored with Mikko Heino, is now in press in the journal Marine Policy.

Outside China, despite China being the biggest producer in both capture fisheries and aquaculture, very little is known about how fisheries management is working in the country. An important reason is that much of the information is only available in Chinese.

Fisheries management in China is mostly based a range of input control and technical measures. If properly used, these tools could probably allow achieving a good resource situation. However, current regulations are not restrictive enough and not forced rigorously enough to allow China's marine resources to recover.

For more information, have a look on the paper:

Shen, G., and M. Heino. 2014. An overview of marine fisheries management in China. Marine Policy 44: 265–272. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.09.012.