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4 Countries Consuming the Most Fish, All from Asia

Fish is arguably one of the most consumed foods in the world today. People all over the world consume fish in their homes and restaurants with other foods.

Fish is a staple food in many countries whereas in other countries it is only considered as a type of food. Some countries have a high amount of fish consumption.

Here are 4 countries with the most fish consumption in the world :

1. China (2 Million Tons) Photo/Reuters Launching World Atlas, the second most populous country in the world takes the largest share of fish consumption. With a population of over one billion, the demand for fish and seafood is high, reflected in the 2,035,262.17 tonnes consumed annually. China’s waters alone are not enough, so Chinese trawlers have to go to foreign waters to get these valuable commodities. Across China, the commodity is consumed in both low-end and high-end restaurants depending on the variety and prices available. This industry is also profitable because China has been able to produce large quantities of fish meal products to other countries such as Canada and other countries in the world.

2. Myanmar (1.5 Million Tons) Foto/Reuters Also known as Burma, Myanmar has the second highest consumption as fish is widely consumed as a staple food. Since the country is blessed with rivers and has coastlines where fishing can be carried out, fishing is widely practiced as an economic activity. However, the country is prone to monsoon floods which often disrupt fish distribution. Despite this disturbance, people in Myanmar consume fish and other seafood products. Poor management of inland and marine fisheries during the military regime led to a decrease in the quality and quantity of fish produced, and this led to malnutrition in the community.

3. Vietnam (1.1 Million Tons) Foto/Reuters Asia’s communist countries are ranked third. The Vietnamese consider eating fish more often than any other available food product because of the ease of preparing fish and its availability. Fish is also a major source of protein and amino acids. Due to its importance to Vietnam, the government has provided funds to expand the seafood industry by building more processing centers. This policy is in line with a five-year plan that will expire in 2020. Vietnam also exports its seafood products to other countries in Asia and the world, thus generating government revenue.

4. Japan (730,783 tons) Foto/Reuters This country ranks fourth in the list of countries that consume the most fish with a consumption of around 730,783.86 tonnes per year. Some of their fish is sourced locally from nearby oceans, and others must be imported to make up for the deficit. The country is among the most populous in Asia which means more mouths to eat the delicious fish and seafood. Fishing in Japan is a lucrative industry despite the decline in consumption due to the adoption of a western diet by the Japanese people. The industry is worth over ten billion dollars, and benefits from favorable government policies that offer incentives and set quotas on foreign fish products.

Source : Sindo News