Hong Kong was much smaller and very much focused than on Oyster, Crab, Lobster, Shrimps.
Lobster and Scampi dominate the Stands
The Chinese demand for these kind of species is increasing rapidly. For instance, the volume of fish and seafood retail sales in China grew by 4% to reach 38 million tonnes in 2015.
It is expected that the volume of fish and seafood retail sales will continue growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4% from 2015 to 2020. This would mean it reaches about 47 million tonnes by 2020 according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Sector Trend Analysis – Fish and Seafood Trends In China, March 2017
Big surprise at the Seafood Expo Asia
We were surprised when we discovered information at a booth about a seahorse farming business. The world’s first seahorse farm was apparently built in 1998 in Hawaii on the Kona island.
We were, however, surprised to see that this line of aquaculture emerging. In China, seahorses are also used for medicine.
The booth we visited offered seahorses in different sizes (see also picture below). These can be consumed in various ways. For instance, some were served deep fried. Of course, we tasted this and it was very good.
As well, blended seahorse tea can be purchased as well, e.g., as tea bags.
PS. Only the male seahorse becomes pregnant. Labour can last up to 12 hours, and the young are born as fully independent miniatures of the adult (Project Seahorse, 2002)
The Maldives Islands showed how they are catching Tuna while following their sustainability policy regarding the catching of fish.
They do only allow sustainable long line fishing. This is done in order to protect their environment (see also report under additional resources below about Tuna and the Maldives).
- Seafood Expo Asia Hong Kong the website.
- FAO 2001-2017 (Updated 2015-12-29). Aquaculture topics and activities. Aquaculture resources. In: FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department [online]. Rome. Retrieved 2017-10-19 from http://www.fao.org/fishery/culturedspecies/Eriocheir_sinensis/en
- Jauharee, A. R., Neal, K. and Miller, K. I.(2015-12). Maldives tuna Pole-and-line Tuna Fishery: Livebait Fishery Review, MRC, IPNLF and MSPEA. Maldives Marine Research Centre, Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture. Retrieved, 2017-10-20 from http://www.mrc.gov.mv/assets/Uploads/December-2015-Maldives-Pole-and-line-Tuna-Fishery-Livebait-Fishery-Review-2015.pdf
What is your take?
- Have you ever tasted Seahorses, drank tea….?
- When did you go fishing last time? How was it? Used a long line?
- Of course, if you attended the Seafood Expo Asia Hong Kong, please share your impressions below.