China - Shandong's Rushan Leveraging Its 10 Billion-Dollar Oyster Industry
On October 6, the second China (Rushan) Oyster Industry Summit Forum was held successfully in Rushan, Shandong.
Deriving its name from a nearby hill as well as thriving by the sea, Rushan is located on the golden south coast of the Shandong Peninsula. It has 199 km of coastline and 1.7 million mu (1,133 square km) of usable, top-quality seawater, and is blessed with abundant marine resources, hence the unique strengths of its marine economy. It is the renowned home of aquaculture in China.
In recent years, Rushan has seized the opportunity of China's rural revitalization strategy, focusing on the effective use of its marine resources, according to the People's Government of Rushan. Rushan has a long history and a solid foundation in the oyster industry. At the county level, its oyster production and cultivation area ranks first in China, and is one of the main oyster producing areas in the country. Known as the home of oysters in China, Rushan is in the process of establishing a National Demonstration Zone for the Protection of Geographical Indication Products.
Thanks to its high-quality seawater, Rushan produces oysters that are among the best in China. The physical and chemical properties of the water in Rushan's aquaculture areas meet China's first-class water quality standards for agricultural use. This provides a uniquely favorable environment for oyster production, thereby contributing to the superior quality of Rushan oysters. These oysters are known for their considerable size, juicy tender meat and delicious taste, and they are rich in protein, taurine, glycogen and trace elements.
Rushan has engaged the services of oyster industry experts from home and abroad to build R&D platforms for oyster breeding, cultivation, processing and purification, and to promote the high-quality development of its oyster industry. Rushan has a variety of cultured oyster species, including Pacific varieties, such as Haida No. 1, Haida No. 2, Haida No. 3 and Haili (Oyster) No. 1, as well as the Triploid species. It has formed a whole industry chain that integrates breeding, cultivation, processing, marketing, and cultural tourism. The industry's output value is close to 10 billion yuan.