China to accelerate green development of aquaculture industry

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It also wants to encourage deep-sea aquaculture.

Xinhuanet reports that China wants to promote the green development of its aquaculture industry and encourage deep sea-aquaculture – which could spell more “Deep Blue” salmon farms.

China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs wants more than 98 per cent of the aquatic products to meet market standards by 2022, while ecological demonstrative zones are expected to account for 65 per cent of the total aquaculture areas.

To achieve such targets, 10 governmental departments including the agricultural ministry have unveiled a guideline on the green development of the industry, vowing to build more demonstrative zones and advance ecological prevention of aquatic animal diseases.

While strengthening the planning of waters and shoals for aquaculture, China will make efforts to optimize the industrial structure and encourage deep-sea aquaculture, according to the guidelines.

In February, SalmonBusiness reported that Chinese offshore mega salmon farm “Deep Blue 1’s” sister site “Deep Blue No. 2” will be located about 130 nautical miles off the shore of Rizhao in eastern China’s Shandong Province.

In an email, Dong Shuanglin, a professor at the Ocean University of China and the project’s chief scientist, told us that it will aim to produce 4,500 tonnes of salmon annually by 2020. The publication also reported that the 80m tall “Shenlan 2” could be erected as soon as the second half of this year.