AMBIO

, Volume 42, Issue 8, pp 923–936

All Fish for China?

  • Sebastián Villasante
  • David Rodríguez-González
  • Manel Antelo
  • Susana Rivero-Rodríguez
  • José A. de Santiago
  • Gonzalo Macho
Article

Abstract

In this paper we examine the effect of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on the level of fish intake in China in comparison with the rest of the world. We also analyse the origin and destination of China’s seafood products in order to understand the main patterns during the last decades. The results show that in the 1961–2011 period the rate of growth of the GDP in China doubled that of other developing regions, while the daily fish intake of China increased fourfold, making China the largest fish consumer in the world. Given the size and scale of China’s role in production, consumption, and global transformation of seafood markets, China is shaping a new era of industrialization in the history of the fishing industry.

Keywords

Economic growth Global seafood supply Marine social–ecological systems Sustainability China 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sebastián Villasante
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • David Rodríguez-González
    • 1
  • Manel Antelo
    • 1
  • Susana Rivero-Rodríguez
    • 1
  • José A. de Santiago
    • 1
  • Gonzalo Macho
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Santiago de CompostelaFaculty of Economics and Business AdministrationSantiago de CompostelaSpain
  2. 2.Campus do Mar, International Campus of ExcellenceVigoSpain
  3. 3.Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT)CONICETPuerto MadrynArgentina
  4. 4.Departamento de Ecoloxía e Bioloxía Animal, Campus Lagoas-MarcosendeUniversidade de VigoVigoSpain
  5. 5.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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