Following Tharos’ reports on China, this paper talks about the Chinese Processing Status and Utilization Strategies of Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba).
This report was written by Hai Chi, Xueying Li and Xianshi Yang from the East China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Shanghai, China
Abstract: Antarctic krill resources were previously abundant and the total allowable amount of Antarctic krill caught is roughly equal to fishery production around the world. Thus exploiting Antarctic krill is one of the best approaches to pelagic fishing in China. Antarctic krill is a high-quality protein source with low fat content compared to other fishery products. Therefore, products and by-products of the krill were widely applied. However, problems still hindered development of the Antarctic krill. The aim of this article is to assess the nutritional value, existing products and potential benefits of Antarctic krill. Relevant problems and strategies were implemented, according to the recommendations in the paper. These recommendations were guided by the high value products and focused on research of processing equipment and technology. From here we built long-term plans based on markets. Lastly, support is provided for the strategies utilized to process Antarctic krill in China.
This report confirms China’s strong geopolitical and economical focus on South Antarctic exploitation of fishing resources and exploration of new economical resources.