Frozen at Sea

The abyssal wa­ters far from the madding crowd, where the water tur­bid­ity is op­ti­mum for tuna fish­ing on any sunny day, is wit­ness­ing the im­mea­sur­able po­ten­tials of Ding­hai serv­ing as “God’s favoured one” to lead China’s deep-sea fish­ery into an ex­cit­ing,

That's China - - Enterprising Dinghai - Text by / Li Jing

While the fast rise of the Ding­hai-based Zhoushan Pelagic Fish­ery Base is good news for all seafood fa­nat­ics liv­ing in China’s Yangtze River Delta, it does not bring joy­ful tid­ings to the tuna and their jolly friends frol­ick­ing in the ma­rine pelagic en­vi­ron­ment - the largest aquatic habi­tat on Earth and home to 11% of known fish species. The abyssal wa­ters far from the madding crowd, where the water tur­bid­ity is op­ti­mum for tuna fish­ing on any sunny day, is wit­ness­ing the im­mea­sur­able po­ten­tials of Ding­hai serv­ing as “God’s favoured one” to lead China’s deep-sea fish­ery into an ex­cit­ing, brand­new era. With a state-level deep-sea fish­ing base that is de­vel­op­ing along­side a state-level ma­rine tech­nol­ogy model site sit­u­ated on its beau­ti­ful coast­line, Ding­hai is no doubt a fore­run­ner in mod­ern pelagic fish­ery.The Zhoushan Pelagic Fish­ery Base aims to ex­em­plify Zhe­jiang Prov­ince’s res­o­lu­tion in fish­ing in­dus­trial up­grad­ing and to rank amongst the world’s largest pelagic aquatic prod­ucts dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters.The goal set for the year 2017 is

6 bil­lion yuan in to­tal out­put value and 5.65 bil­lion yuan from pelagic aquatic prod­ucts pro­cess­ing. The pelagic fish­ery base is mak­ing ex­cit­ing progress with each pass­ing day, through vig­or­ous boat re­place­ment and in­creas­ing deep-sea fish­ing scales. Con­struc­tion of a pelagic fish­ing ‘ar­mada’ has kicked off in the base.The first half of the year 2016 saw four fish­ing com­pa­nies from other prov­inces join­ing in, and about 100 new fish­ing boats are es­ti­mated to be launched into op­er­a­tion by the end of the year. Co-op­er­a­tion with Ma­cao and Por­tuguese speak­ing coun­tries is en­ter­ing a new phase, with a joint ven­ture spe­cial­iz­ing in pelagic fish­ing al­ready set up and ready for op­er­a­tion. The base also works closely with pelagic fish­ery prac­ti­tion­ers in An­gola, the Repub­lic of Kiri­bati, Iran and Ar­gentina, and runs fish­ing sites in Peru and Uruguay. The fast-de­vel­op­ing West Dock Fish­ing Port en­sures world-class cold chain lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port for Zhoushan’s pelagic fu­ture. Col­lab­o­ra­tion with six aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions and the Uni­ver­sity of Tsukuba in Ja­pan is an­other driv­ing force be­hind the pelagic ‘rev­o­lu­tion’ that is hap­pen­ing in Ding­hai. Caught us­ing the most sus­tain­able meth­ods, the fresh tuna is pro­cessed on board and flash-frozen at the peak of fresh­ness to pre­serve the best qual­ity pos­si­ble - a tech­nol­ogy that 'locks-in' the qual­ity and good­ness of the catch. Fresh caught salmon is pro­cessed in both ves­sels and shore plants, with the same at­ten­tion to qual­ity and packed to cus­tomers’ spec­i­fi­ca­tions. An­other goal of the base is to build the coun­try’s largest squid trade cen­ter that also serves as a price bench­mark for in­ter­na­tional squid trade.The base also runs a state-level pelagic fish­ing in­dus­trial al­liance that has at­tracted 43 fish­ing com­pa­nies and cold chain sup­pli­ers. The fish­ery base also func­tions as a train­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion plat­form to en­sure a tal­ent pool of work­ers who have had ex­ten­sive train­ing in the proper han­dling of the fish in or­der to pro­vide the best prod­uct avail­able.The 2017 an­nual meet­ing of the World Tuna Purse Seine Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WTPO) was held in Zhoushan on July 5-6, and it was the first time in the his­tory of the or­ga­ni­za­tion that the meet­ing was held in a Chi­nese city. Next time when you feel in the mood for some rare seafood – whether it is King Crab un­matched for its ten­der tex­ture, sweet-fla­vored Pa­cific Cod, or rosy-pink col­ored Pink Salmon, all you need to do is to pick up the phone or browse on the web­site of one of those buy­ing sta­tions along the beach in Ding­hai.

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