China is the world's largest aquaculture producer and it can give full play to its technological and talent advantages in the field while
cooperating with other developing countries, the ministry said.
"We hope to work with others involved in the BRI to develop the fishing industry… and make breakthroughs in aquaculture," it said.
"Through cooperation we can provide technology, talent and financial
support for developing aquaculture, including the cultivation and
processing of aquatic products."
The initiative has provided new opportunities for China's international cooperation in the fishing industry because of the great
market potential in those countries, the ministry said. Many countries
involved, especially the coastal countries, boast rich fishing resources
and are traditional consumers of aquatic products.
China's total aquaculture output exceeded 50 million metric tons last year, accounting for more than 78 percent of the country's output
of aquatic products, according to the ministry. China is the only
country in the world that raises more aquatic products than it catches
by fishing, according to the ministry.
China exported aquacultural products worth $23.3 billion last year, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year. The trade surplus in
such products was $7.5 billion last year, a decrease of around 23
percent from the previous year.