We would like to invite you for a seminar organized by the Environmental Policy Group, and the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group. Dr Michael Fabinyi, Postdoctoral research Fellow at the James Cook University of Australia will give a presentation about the implications of Chinese Fisheries activities on the Asia-Pacific region.
With the massive expansion of the Chinese economy over the last thirty years, Chinese consumption is becoming an increasingly important issue that has global implications. As China's appetite for a range of products and materials has grown, markets for natural resources such as seafood have penetrated deep into what were once remote frontiers of the Asia-Pacific region. The Chinese market for marine and other natural resources is proving to be one of the major drivers of social and environmental change in the region, with significant implications for local livelihoods and environments. How this region and the world adapts to increased market demand and consumption within China will be a major social and environmental issue in the years to come. In this talk I will firstly provide an overview of trends and drivers of Chinese seafood consumption, focusing in particular on seafood that is imported from other countries. I will then discuss different conceptual approaches to the relationship between Chinese seafood consumption and source countries, namely ecological, political-economic and economic approaches. Much of the talk will then analyse the challenges and opportunities generated by this relationship through an analysis of different fisheries value chains from both developed and developing countries.
About The Speaker...
Dr Michael Fabinyi works at the Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellow ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies James Cook University in Australia.