Seafood Free: Seafood Fishery Resource Ecosystem Engineering

Seafood Free: Seafood Fishery Resource Ecosystem Engineering

Seafood Free: Seafood Fishery Resource Ecosystem Engineering 2560 1707 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Zhejiang Ocean University – China

The East China Sea (ECS) is one of the most productive areas and is surrounded by China, Japan and Korea. The ecosystem has long been impacted by overfishing and climate change and one of the most iconic fish in the East China Sea (ECS), large yellow croaker (LYC, Larimichthys crocea) has been collapsed for 40 years.

Though efforts have been taken to recover the species (such as protection of spawning habitat, stock enhancement, and fisheries management), the stock is still nearly extinct, with a status of CR in IUCN Red List. By implementing a conceptual framework focused on seeding, augmentation, conservation, production, assessment, and monitoring, Seafood FREE intends to rebuild the wild population to a critical level above the Allee-effect zone and to retried the status of LYC from the risk level “CR” in IUCN Red List”.

Start Date: 06/01/2024
End Date: 31/12/2030

Lead Contact: Xiaojun Yan (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 3- Sustainable Blue Food, 4- Sustainable Ocean Economy, 9- Capacity Development
ocean_basins: Chilean Patagonia inner seas, North Pacific Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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