China\'s aquatic production in 2012 was forecast at 58 million tons, up four percent from 2011, due to gains in aquaculture growth as wild catch production remains stagnant. Fishery production challenges include: slowing investment, environmental concerns and coastal development limiting resources for aquaculture expansion,
scarce resources restrain growth for wild catch numbers, and processing (with imported material) for re-export facing rising production costs and loss of competitivity. Rising affluence is raising domestic demand for alternative protein sources, including aquatic products, but weak overseas economic conditions challenge export growth.
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