China harvests first batch of farmed salmon from Yellow Sea fish farming area

Fresh salmon at an Alibaba Hema Fresh store in Beijing’s Shijingshan district on July 28, 2020 Photo: Li Hao / GT

China recently harvested the first batch of farmed salmon from its Yellow Sea Fish Farming Zone, marking the first step in warm-water salmon farming around the world, media reports said.

During the harvest, China bought about 3,000 salmon weighing more than 4 kilograms on average, according to a report by Dazhong Daily, a media based in Shandong. About 80 percent of the fish were live and their quality was assessed as meeting EU export standards.

It also marked China’s success in its six-year deep sea salmon farming project, in which China used a smart fish cage called “Shenlan 1” to breed fish. With the size of 40 standard swimming pools and a weight of over 1,500 tons, the Shenlan 1 is the world’s largest fully submersible fish cage and a breakthrough in independent research on deep sea fish farming in China.

According to the report, China is expected to harvest around 300,000 salmon annually in the fish cage, with a total output of over 1,500 tons and an annual output value of over 100 million yuan ($ 15.48 million ), since the water temperature is correct.

In addition, breeding Yellow Sea salmon with the help of “Shenlan 1” cage produces high quality fish, lower manpower, transportation costs and sickness cases compared to to some overseas salmon farming areas, the report notes.

The salmon farming project was started by the China Ocean University and two Chinese companies, with a total investment of more than 4.3 billion yuan, according to previous news reports.

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