ChinaDuring the recent Tilapia 2015 conference organized by INFOFISH in Kuala Lumpur, Professor Dr Jun Rong Liu reported that domestic Chinese tilapia production in 2013 was 1.6 million tonnes. She noted that though domestic demand for tilapia remains strong, much work needs to be done by the industry to improve the quality of the fish.
Indeed, balancing high production, quality and sustainability is challenging for the tilapia industry in China. In order to increase quality, the industry must take a comprehensive approach to deal with brood stock, water quality, fish feed, live handling, value-added processing and live transport. The Chinese tilapia industry has also been turning its focus more towards sustainability.
In terms of exports, Chinese volumes are slowing with the nation’s exporters looking to diversify and enlarge their markets. During the first quarter of 2015, total exports of frozen tilapia experienced marginal growth (+2.2%) in volume compared with the same time period last year, primarily due to increases in frozen fillet (+9.7%) and breaded fillet (+22.5%) exports. Besides increased frozen fillet exports to the major markets, the USA and Mexico, exports also increased to Israel and Iran. In general, EU countries imported less tilapia during this period.
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