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Shanghai seafood supply from Japan affected

03-15-2011 13:54 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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The disaster is also wrecking havoc on Japan's fishing industry, with more than 40 percent of the country's fisheries severely impacted. As one of the major consumers of Japan seafood, Shanghai's supply has already been affected by stalled deliveries.

Hotels and supermarkets in Shanghai are major importers of Japanese seafood. A large portion of their products come from Nagasaki and Hokkaido.

Seafood supply from Hokkaido has been severely impacted by the earthquake.

Lu Junmei, Sales Manager of Chang Shen Fishery, Shanghai said "We've cancelled our orders from Hokkaido. Because it's closer to the epicenter of the quake, so some of its facilities were damaged."

But industry insiders say the impact on seafood supply remains limited, at least for now. That's because most of Shanghai's seafood is imported from Nagasaki. And seafood prices haven't yet started to surged.

Zhao Qiaoli, Seafood Sales Manager of Ba Bai Ban Shopping Mall, Shanghai said "We have abundant reserves for now, so I believe we can manage consumer demand. And it's unlikely prices will surge in a short time."

Experts add the upcoming months will unlikely present any seafood shortages in the city, because the stable demand and the city's abundent reserves.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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