Chinese fishing boats are now fishing undisturbed around the Diaoyu Islands, and apparently Diaoyu Island waters are as teeming with seafood as they are with political shenanigans. Four thousand kilos of deep-sea fish from the Diaoyu Islands arrived in Shanghai two days ago and are available to try at the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center starting today. Shanghai Daily reported yesterday:
The fishing boats that came back from the fishing grounds around the
Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea docked at Xiangshan Harbor in
neighboring Zhejiang Province at 3am yesterday.
Fishers in Xiangshan said they had a bountiful catch, including tuna,
cuttlefish, mackerel and green horse-faced puffer, also known as the
The fishing boats worked under the protection of China’s coast guard
vessels and fishery administrative vessels patrolling in the area.
China insists that the islands are part of its inherent territory.
Who knows how this move will affect souring relations between China and Japan in the long run (and how big a middle finger Japan may take this as), but for now, Shanghaiers are no doubt gearing up for a seafood bonanza.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].