China’s Surprisingly Robust System of Marine Protection -Hakai Magazine

Very important story out of Canada about the publication of news that China has quietly implemented a large number Marine Sanctuaries along the coasts. Given their over-fishing of most if not all their available stocks this might be a sign of a significant effort to reverse that destruction.

China, as the world’s largest producer and consumer of seafood, is well known for its voracious international fishing fleet. But a comprehensive understanding of the country’s efforts on marine protection, at least in its domestic waters, has remained elusive—even to many experts within China. Now, an international group of researchers has compiled the first database of marine conservation efforts in the country, and it is more extensive than many expected.

https://hakaimagazine.com/news/chinas-surprisingly-robust-system-of-marine-protection/

Don’t Be So Quick to Doubt China’s Climate Change Dedication -NY Times

While watching the COPS-26 Circus in Glasgow over the last couple weeks it’s easy to get dismayed especially about China’s commitments to solving global warming. However this interesting article in the New York Times today has a different perspective on it from someone who has followed the Chinese environmental stories for the last 20 years. Well worth a read if you’re feeling down about what happened in Glasgow. some of you might have also missed that China announced about a month ago or so the largest solar farm in the world to be constructed in the deserts in eastern China. I think that China takes global warming far more seriously than we do in some cases. They are a leader in electric bike and car production and have ambitious goals to produce vastly more of them. It’s just that, given their behavior on the world stage, it’s very hard to know what it all really means.

www.nytimes.com/2021/11/07/opinion/cop26-china-climate.html

China To Lift Ban On West Coast Shellfish – Earthfix

Finally ended, not sure what the true story on this is. Canada has made out like bandits due during this time, due to the fact that they were not included in the ban. Many say it was a political retribution from China, but no one knows for sure.  

http://earthfix.kuow.org/flora-and-fauna/article/china-lifts-ban-on-us-shellfish/

China will lift its ban on imports of geoduck clams and other shellfish from the West Coast, according to a statement from Washington Congressman Derek Kilmer… Chinese officials sent a letter Friday to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration advising the federal agency the ban would be lifted. The letter stated Chinese officials were satisfied with NOAA’s proposed plans for new monitoring and testing requirements for paralytic shellfish poisoning and inorganic arsenic, which would meet China’s food safety requirements. Tony Schick reports. (EarthFix)

China Wants Better Testing For Arsenic In US Shellfish Exports – Earthfix

For the first time, U.S. officials reported on recent meetings in Beijing to discuss China’s ban on shellfish imports from most of the West Coast. Ashley Ahern reports for Earthfix.

Listen or read the whole story at:

http://nwpr.org/post/china-wants-better-testing-arsenic-us-shellfish-exports

Geoducks test OK, but what’s behind Chinese ban? – Puget Sound Blogs

Chris Dunagan explores the Chinese geoduck ban. Very good read on this issue. This gives the overview on what else besides actual supposed high levels of arsenic might be at play here, and some thoughts from university and government officials.

Now it is up to Chinese officials to decide upon shellfish imports to their country, as uncomfortable as that may be for U.S exporters. I’ve begun to learn about international trade policies to better understand the confusing actions of Chinese health authorities. Chris Dunagan blogs on the intricacies of international trade warfare.

 http://pugetsoundblogs.com/waterways/2014/01/09/geoducks-test-ok-but-whats-behind-chinese-ban/#axzz2pySpSefh

China Ban On West Coast Shellfish Hits Tribal Divers – Earthfix

As we reported when this first broke, it is really hard on the Tribes.

The crushing economic impacts of China’s move are hitting tribal fisherman in Puget Sound hard for the holidays.

http://www.earthfix.info/flora-and-fauna/article/four-weeks-in-locals-feel-the-pain-of-chinas-shell/?utm_source=EarthFix+Weekly&utm_campaign=c47608f4f7-EarthFix_Weekly_Jan_08_2014001_08_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_693d42e2f5-c47608f4f7-46872029

China Imposes First-Ever West Coast Shellfish Ban – KCTS9

Huge news just in…this seriously effects many jobs and businesses, both tribal and non tribal, on the Olympic Peninsula.  

China has suspended imports of shellfish from the west coast of the United States — an unprecedented move that cuts off a $270 million Northwest industry from its biggest export market. China said it decided to impose the ban after recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters were found by its own government inspectors to have high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. The restriction took effect last week and China’s government says it will continue indefinitely. It applies to clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested from the waters of Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California. U.S. officials think the contaminated clams were harvested in Washington or Alaska. Right now they’re waiting to hear back from Chinese officials for more details that will help them identify the exact source. Katie Campbell, Ashley Ahearn and Tony Schick report.

http://earthfix.kcts9.org/flora-and-fauna/article/china-imposes-first-ever-ban-on-nw-shellfish/

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