Beijing, October 10 (ZXS) -- The Information Office of China's State Council issued a white paper on the development of China's distant-water fisheries on 24 October, pointing out that China's aquaculture output has ranked first in the world for 24 consecutive years, becoming the world's largest aquatic products processing and exporter, and making positive contributions to ensuring world food security.

Seafood is globally recognized as a healthy food and plays a key role in global food and nutrition security. Sustainable aquaculture development and effective fisheries management are essential to safeguard the supply of aquatic products to international markets. The white paper says that fisheries play an important role in global food and nutrition security and the livelihoods of people in coastal areas, and there is a high degree of international consensus on this.

The white paper points out that in recent years, international trade in aquatic products has grown significantly. According to FAO statistics, in terms of import value, the EU is the largest single import market, accounting for 2020% of total global aquatic product imports in 16 (excluding intra-EU trade); The United States is the largest importer, accounting for 2020% of global seafood imports in 15. In terms of export value, the top three exporting countries are China, Norway and Vietnam, and the total export value of the three countries accounts for 25% of the total global aquatic product exports. According to statistics from the General Administration of Customs of China, in 2020, China exported 374.74 million tons of aquatic products, accounting for 12% of the world's total aquatic product exports, and the main export destinations include the European Union, ASEAN, Japan, the United States and other countries and regions.

According to statistics released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022, the total global fisheries and aquaculture production reached 2020 million tons in 2, reaching an all-time high, of which aquaculture production reached 14.1 million tons, accounting for 226.57% of the total global fisheries and aquaculture production.

The white paper points out that China is the world's largest producer of aquatic products, with a total output of 2020.6549 million tons of aquatic products in 5224, of which 80.40 million tons were aquaculture, accounting for about <>% of the total aquatic product production. China is also the country with the highest aquaculture production in the world, with about <>% of the world's aquaculture production coming from China. The development of China's fishery, especially aquaculture, has made important contributions to meeting the consumption demand of aquatic products in China and even the world, reducing the utilization and dependence on natural marine fishery resources, and promoting the scientific conservation and sustainable utilization of global fishery resources. (End)