With the support of the UNDP/GEF Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem Phase II Project, China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Qingdao Marine Conservation Society (QMCS) jointly launched the YSLME Responsible Mariculture Initiative on October 30, 2019 on the first day of the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo held in Qingdao. Over 40 participants attended the ceremony and 31 participating enterprises from the Yellow Sea region in PR China jointly launched the Initiative.
The 31 enterprises include producers, processors, distributors and retailers representing the entire supply chain of the industry. The 31 participating enterprises signed up the Initiative document thus committing to put ecological safety and consumer health at the forefront of corporate development goals; to produce, process and sell aquatic products responsibly and to make contributions to maintaining the health of the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem and to the development of ecological civilization.
At the ceremony, Director of Purchasing of Hema, Mis Huang Ling, shared her views in support of the request of ecological safety and high-quality seafood. She also confirmed that Hema fresh would give preference to responsibly managed and sustainably produced seafood in their procurement. Mis Zhang Yu, Deputy Director of Pengcheng Group, as the representative from catering sector, declared to promote the concept of sustainable and responsible consumption to consumers.
At last, President of CAPPMA Dr. He CUI announced that participating enterprises are committed to synergize our efforts in the transformation into green mariculture in PR China, to facilitate the shift of PR China from a large mariculture country to a strong mariculture economy. He urged more people in the industry to join in this Initiative to jointly protect the golden beach and blue sea in the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem, so that the future generations will continue to enjoy the gifts from our seas and oceans.