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February 2011 AFI Editor's Note

Made in China

By Clay Jackson |

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Aquarium Fish International Editor Clay Jackson at the Great Wall of China.

February is my birthday month, and what a pleasant surprise and early birthday gift it was when I was asked if I’d like to go to China to check out a fish show at the Tianjin Ornamental Fish Science and Technology Park.

In essence, the local Chinese government and the private Zeming Company are working to bring the local home-fish-breeding business under one roof, which will put Tianjin on the map — as far as wholesalers and hobbyists outside of China are concerned — as an exporter of China-grown ornamental fish.

With more than 40,000 home fish breeders, Tianjin is already well-known within China, but up until now, in order to enter the fish pipeline, Tianjin fish were trucked to Guang Zhou and then to Hong Kong and beyond. With the new Technology Park, Tianjin fish will be able to be transported to nearby Beijing and then air transported to overseas markets.

The Ornamental Fish Science and Technology Park is scheduled for completion in April 2011. Currently, a five-story trading center, where the fish show I attended was being held; rows of greenhouses, where local fish growers can breed and raise ornamental fishes for sale and shipping; and quarantine facilities for tropical and coldwater fish are already online. A hotel, a research and development center, and additional office space are still under construction.

Be sure to read my complete report of the ornamental fish industry in Tianjin, China, in the next issue of AFI.

 

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