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,
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.