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: China Marketing Chums

10-26-2010, 01:35 PM

While shopping in a local supermarket yesterday, I looked into a freezer filled with salmon fillets. Curious, I picked one up and was a bit surprised to be holding a piece of chum (black bars are clearly visible even on ocean-caught fish). Even more surprising was the label: "Product of China."

Does anyone know where these chums are being commercially harvested and to what degree by the Chinese? I know Chums (Oncorhyncus keta) are distributed on both sides of the Pacific and are an abundant species, nevertheless this concerns me a bit.

Economically, here's another instance, perhaps, of unfair competition by the Chinese, in this case with US fisheries.

I need to do some Googling.



11-01-2010, 01:00 PM
Here's a good, scientific study of where they might have originated from (done by Alaska Fisheries scientists):

11-02-2010, 05:32 PM
Many thanks. This helps.

Just wondering what the extent of this marketing effort is. Any Russian Chums at Pike Street?

-- Eric