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Port renovation to bring fresher, cheaper seafood

SHANGHAI residents will be able to get cheaper and fresher tuna, salmon and other seafood as the city is upgrading a fishing port in the Pudong New Area this year to allow ocean fishing vessels to unload catches.

Luchao Port will be built into one of the largest fishing ports in China within three years at a total cost of 2 billion yuan (US$321.7 million) to let freighters of over 10,000 tons dock, the town government of Nanhui said yesterday.

"Aquatic products from South America will be unloaded at the port directly after the products are fished, so the seafood will be fresher and cheaper in Shanghai," an official said.

The port will have more than 300 meters of coastline after the upgrade where four heavy freighters can dock simultaneously. The annual cargo turnover will be more than 100,000 tons, mainly of seafood.

While primarily catering to fishing vessels, the port also will serve international cruise liners and scientific research vessels, the Shanghai Administration of Fishing Affairs said.

A marine products export and processing zone will be built along the port where seafood can be processed and sold to local residents directly, according to the administration.

The four most renowned fishing ports on the Chinese mainland are in Zhoushan and Ningbo in neighboring Zhejiang Province and in Qingdao and Yantai in Shandong Province.


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