Monthly Brief 丨 2017 · 12

Main Progress

– Entrusted by the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, China Blue completed a sub-report titled A Study on Value-Chain and Institutional Behavior Analysis of new aquaculture management entity, which is a part of the government-funded key research project to be reported to the Fisheries Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture. Taking the Hainan tilapia industry as an example, this report analyzes the social services provided by new industry associaiton such as Hainan Tilapia Sustainability Alliance and its impact on the value chain, which provides new ideas for the government on how to stimulate industrial development, catalyze industrial transformation, and support industrial restructuring;

– We were invited to Fujian Province by its Fisheries Technology Dissemination Station and Freshwater Fisheries Research Institute, and conducted in-depth exchanges on advancing the development of Fujian’s 100-billion industrial aquaculture chain, the supply-side structural reform, the integration of primary, secondary and tertiary production and service, as well as future cooperation on iFISH;


(Introducing China Blue’s projects to aquaculture experts in Fujian)

– The recently submitted proposal of China Tilapia Aquaculture Improvement Project (2018-2020) was approved in draft by the IDH Foundation and received positive response by some enterprises in Hainan and Maoming Tilapia Association. All parties reached preliminary agreement on the project proposal, which is expected to officially launch in March 2018;

– In order to promote creative thinking of our staff, we invited Wei Peng, founder of Lingxi and Thinker360 Philanthropy Consulting Platform, to host design thinking workshops on organizational development goals and innovative product design of iFISH.


(Team Members participating in creative design workshop)


– We communicated with staff from Food and Beverage Department of Shanghai Disney Resort on jointly promoting China’s sustainable fisheries development and public education of sustainable seafood. The two parties plan to work together on public education, market outreach, sustainable fishery improvement, etc;

– To understand the quality control process of seafood distriubtion and retail, our staff visited supermarkets such as METRO, RT-Mart, Carrefour, as well as Shanghai New Port International Trade Company, Fujian Yuan Yang Algae Company, and Hainan Fisheries Technology Company to speak with their quality control and purchasing departments. We particularly discussed issues on transparency, traceability, inspection, and certification, laying the foundation for the future optimization and promotion of iFISH.


– Dr. Shen Yu, a “Hundred Talents Program” member from Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Urban Environment, was invited to share his knowledge at China Blue. Together with Hainan Tilapia Sustainability Alliance, we collected sediment samples from tilapia ponds to understand the risks of heavy metals and antibiotic residues. The results of the analysis will provide scientific evidence for aquaculture management;


(Dr. Shen Yu (left) instructing our team to collect sediment samples from tilapia pond)

– We submitted Shantou Chinese Common Squid Fishery Sustainable Development Needs Assessment Report (in Chinese and English) to various stakeholders of the supply chain for review, and it is about to be published on the website. The report will provide technical guidelines for the next phase of field work in Shantou;

– Our staff visited Fujian Dongshan Marine and Fisheries Bureau and Zhangzhou Aquatic Processing and Distribution Association to discuss on how Fujian (Dongshan) squid processing companies should participate in the implementation of Shantou-Taiwan Squid FIP, and to understand each other’s core needs and look for potential opportunities for cooperation. We also discussed how to collect squid production data and improve fishery management system with resource assessment experts from South China Sea Fisheries Research Institute;

– As part of the GEF funded project, according to feedbacks from reviewers, we updated How to be a Mangrove-friendly Consumer – An Foodie’s Guide to Dongzhai Port, especially the phonetic symbol of Hainanese dialect and the body length recommendation of fish. We also completed the poster design of banned fishing gears. The project will guide tourists and local community members to develop responsible consumption of aquatic products from mangroves and surrounding areas.


(The cover and content of How to be a Mangrove-friendly Consumer – An Foodie’s Guide to Dongzhai Port)

Communication and Outreach

– Invited by the organizer, Founder and Executive Director, Ms. Han Han, attended the 2017 Annual Meeting of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) as a guest of “Global Dialogue on Ocean Governance”. She discussed with colleagues from China and abroad on how Chinese charitable foundations and NGOs should play their part in ocean governance issues;


(Founder and Executive Director Han Han (first to the right) engaging in dialogues at the Environment and Development Forum of CCICED Annual Meeting )

– We communicated with Hainan Freshwater Fisheries Research Institute on indigenous freshwater fish resources protection and sustainable development of aquaculture, and planned to assist in organizing a workshop on Hainan’s sustainable management of freshwater fish conservation and aquaculture, to be held on January 9, 2018;

– We attended various meetings to establish good relationships with industry representatives, enterprises, and major ocean universities, such as South China Sea Fish Seedlings Association annual meeting, Hainan Ocean Industry Alliance founding conference, Shanghai Ocean University Hainan alumni chapter meeting, etc;


(Senior Research & Development Manager Pengwen Deng (second to the left) having conversations with officials and alumni of Shanghai Ocean University about training Hainan marine science professionals, technology support for fisheries, and alumni networking )

– Our staff visited the Fisheries College of Guangdong Ocean University and carried out promising discussions about potential cooperation on scientific research projects, international exchanges, and student training. In the future, China Blue plans to provide internship opportunities for students, offer lectures on sustainable development topics, and host research projects during school breaks.

Team Development

– Yiming Luo, a graduate of Shanghai Ocean University and James Cook University, joins China Blue full-time in December and will lead his team to do research on the transformation of small-scale fisheries and the development of recreational fisheries in Hainan, Guangdong, and Zhejiang;

– Officials from Hainan Public Security Bureau NGO Management Office came to visit and spoke highly of China Blue’s international work on promoting the concept of sustainable fisheries development.