One third of catches from China constitute 'trash fish', Greenpeace warns
The Chinese fishing fleet is now one of the largest in the world. (Photo: Stockfile/FIS)
A Greenpeace East Asia investigation reveals that some 4 million tons of fish, equivalent to nearly one third of China’s total annual domestic fisheries catch is comprised of the so-called “trash fish."
According to the NGO researchers, for Chinese trawlers, which account for about half of China’s total catch, the proportion of trash fish rises to 50 per cent of catch, adding that catching trash fish on this scale is placing extra pressure on China’s already heavily over-exploited fish resources and causing further damage to an already stretched ecosystem.
Though too small for human consumption, ‘trash fish’ catch is increasingly in demand from China’s booming aquaculture industry, which processes the catch into fish feed.
“In the space of 50 years, China’s domestic catch has deteriorated f...