China Has World's Largest 'SeafoodPrint'

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: Juliet Eilperin

09/22/2010 - China catches and consumes more fish than any other nation, according to findings published Wednesday in National Geographic magazine, while the United States ranks third.

The study measures what its researchers call the "SeafoodPrint" of each country, factoring in the type of fish and total haul to gauge the extent to which a nation exploits the ocean. The United States comes in as high as it does in part because Americans prefer top predators such as Atlantic salmon.


The researchers, whose project was underwritten by UBC, along with the National Geographic Society and the Pew Charitable Trusts, used a unit of measurement based on "primary production," the microscopic organisms at the bottom of the marine food web that are required to make a pound of a given type of fish.

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