context: This base will help enable systematic management of DWF in the long term. However, DWF fleets and fishery production volumes must be carefully planned to ensure sustainability.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) approved construction of the Fuzhou (Lianjiang) National Distant Water Fishery Base in Lianjiang county, Fujian. This is the third provincial distant water fishery (DWF) base after the first in Zhoushan, Zhejiang, and second in Rongcheng, Shandong.

Total investment of approximately 20 bn (US$2.9 bn) will fund port construction in Lianjiang county, Mawei district, and Fuqing city covering planned construction area of 23,000 mu (15.33 square kilometres).

The plans include one distant water fishery port, two industrial parks, and three centres (international aquatic products trading centre, international aquatic products cold chain logistics centre, and international distant water fishery shipbuilding centre) spread across four functional zones (economic zone, supply zone, service zone, and a tourism town).

Eight year (2018-25) targets include

  • Fuzhou DWF fleet scale of 600 ships (400 in Lianjiang)
  • DWF production of 400,000 tons (300,000 tons in Lianjiang)
  • DWF aquatic product import of 1 million tons
  • gross output value of 20 bn