The transnational resistance against the Pacific oyster invasion of Denmark is gearing up with Chinese companies working hard to link the troublesome shellfish plaguing Danish coasts with the mouths of hungry Chinese foodies.
Last week, the Danish Embassy in China created a stir on Chinese social media with a Weibo post informing netizens about the 500 tonnes of invasive oysters that are causing major problems on the beaches of Denmark. In the post, the embassy explained how the Pacific oysters, which were introduced to Denmark about a decade ago, have seen their population explode in recent years, harming the environment and inconveniencing swimmers. With their shells too hard for birds to crack and with locals reluctant to hunt them down, the embassy playfully asked Chinese web users for help with the crisis.
In response, Chinese netizens have selflessly promised to do everything they can to devour all the oysters. Sensing an opportunity to make some money, Chinese companies have since bombarded the Danish Embassy with proposals on how to go about turning this proposal into reality. “We have got some very serious requests for cooperation from Chinese businesses, among them food importers and e-commerce platforms,” the embassy told SCMP. “And we have since considered bringing (exporting) Danish oysters to China.”
One potential ally in the upcoming campaign is Alibaba’s Tmall who met with Danish diplomats in Beijing last Friday. Afterward, Tmall said that the two sides had “agreed on further collaboration to bring Denmark’s oysters to China.” Over the weekend, the embassy even partnered with Tmall to broadcast a live-stream demonstrating to Chinese viewers all the different ways you can eat oysters.
Meanwhile, other businesses are working on ways to bring the Chinese to the oysters. One Chinese travel agency has organized “special gourmet tours,” for Chinese tourists looking to feast on oysters for five or six days in small Danish towns. At the same time, Danish officials have announced a new priority plan for Chinese tourists looking to travel together in groups to Denmark, promising that they can get their travel visas within three days.
Looks like China may soon drive another species to extinction.
[Images via Weibo]
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