Monthly Brief 丨 2017 · 08

Main Progress

– The iFISH research results are applied to consumers for the first time. We have selected six representative seafood products according to their origin, production model, as well as regional management capacity, and developed a responsible seafood menu for the 2017 China Ocean NGO Forum;

– The 2nd China Ocean NGO Forum was successfully held in Shenzhen from August 27th to 30th. As a co-organizer, China Blue participated in forum activities and jointly hosted the “What Saves You, My East China Sea? — Sustainable Fisheries” panel with China Society of Fisheries (CFS).  We also co-hosted the Responsible Seafood Gala with Dive for Love and SEE Foundation, which became a highlight of the forum;

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(Group photo of guests at sustainable fishery sub-forum with China Blue staff)

– Our staff participated in community development of fishing villages at West Island in Sanya, Hainan, conducted community visits and investigation, and shared ideas and lessons learned of sustainable fisheries with local management agencies and community builders;

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(Research Assistants Mengyu Li (second from left) and Zelin Chen (third from left) communicating with the director o the West Island community)

– The China Blue team welcomes three full-time employees. Our organizational development is highly recognized by domestic and international foundations.

iFISH

– We further explored the environmental and social development data of iFISH, and discussed with environmental NGOs and meteorological bureaus on how to use interdisciplinary data to enrich the dataset and metrics;

– In order to raise funds and promote iFISH to the public, we designed and produced a series of gifts, including postcards, posters, and T-shirts that advocate for juvenile fish protection policy in Zhejiang, which attracted public attention through WeChat and Weibo;

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(“Juvenile fish protection” postcards)

FIP & AIP

– Led by a mentor team from the SEE Foundation, we were guided to review the strategy and approaches of Hainan Tilapia AIP. We also jointly developed an evaluation system based on the traceability of tilapia with the Quality and Standards Research Center as well as the Information Center at Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS) and excavated data on environment, weather, technology dissemination, and social development level, etc;

– Jointly investigating the grouper industry with China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Association (CAPPMA), we built up connection with leading grouper business in Sanya, Hainan, and continued writing the report on the grouper industry;

– We visited the Shenzhen Experimental Farm Base of South China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS). The two parties exchanged information on the farm management, industrialized aquaculture systems, etc;

– We visited the Deep Sea Ranch Scallop Breeding Base at Egong Bay, Shenzhen, to understand the production and sales of scallops in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta region

(The Deep Sea Ranch Scallop Breeding Base at Egong Bay, ShenZhen)

– We visited major piers and markets around Dongzhai Port and conducted field investigation on the species and sales of catches for the Dongzhai Port Wetland-friendly Fisheries Production and Consumer Advocacy Project.

Team Development

– Two staff participated in the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Sustainable Fisheries Project Training from August 21st to 25th in Beijing, and improved our understanding and application of MSC fishery standards and pre-assessment methods;

– On August 25th, Mr. Walt Reid, Director of Conservation and Science Program at the Packard Foundation, and Mr. J. Charles Fox, the Executive Director of Oceans 5, visited our office and engaged in in-depth conversation with staff. The enthusiastic and active work atmosphere and rigorous research attitude at China Blue left a deep impression on them.

(Grop photo with Mr. Walt Reid and Mr. J. Charles Fox at China Blue office in Haikou)

–  Our staff participated in the Hong Kong Ocean Conservation Study Tour organized by Rendu Ocean and WWF (Hong Kong). Together with 39 representatives from Chinese and international ocean NGOs, we discussed the source of marine debris and targeted solutions.