, Volume 42, Issue 8, pp 923–936 | Cite as

All Fish for China?

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


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.


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



The authors are very grateful to Bo Söderström (Editor-in-Chief) for his valuable comments and suggestions that improved the final version of this paper. They also thank Félix Francisco Chumbiray Mendoza (Ministry of Production, Peru), and participants in the Subregional Workshop for South America on Valuation and Incentive Measures (Santiago de Chile, May 14–17 2012) organized by the UNEP Program and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for fruitful discussions. SV was funded by Pedro Barrié de la Maza Foundation, Campus do Mar-International Campus of Excellence and the Norwegian Research Council. SRR acknowledges the financial support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

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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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