Seafood banquets in Beijing: consumer perspectives and implications for environmental sustainability

Fabinyi, Michael, and Liu, Neng (2014) Seafood banquets in Beijing: consumer perspectives and implications for environmental sustainability. Conservation and Society, 12 (2). pp. 218-228.

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Understanding the social drivers of increased seafood consumption in China, such as consumer perspectives in banquets, will be crucial if practical strategies to introduce sustainability into this market are to be successfully implemented. Based on 34 semi‑structured interviews with key informants including seafood restaurant operators, seafood consumers and seafood traders, this study investigated seafood consumer attitudes and behaviours in Beijing seafood restaurants. The results and discussion is divided into sections that address the popularity and reasons behind the popularity of: 1) seafood banquets in general; 2) fish at banquets; 3) other forms of seafood at banquets; and 4) preferred characteristics and qualities of seafood at banquets. The consumption of certain types of seafood such as live reef fish and sea cucumber is becoming increasingly popular, while the consumption of shark fin is decreasing in popularity. Awareness and concern about sustainability and traceability issues were relatively low, and more significant themes for understanding consumer preferences about seafood include social status and prestige, food safety and quality, and health and nutrition. The paper concludes by demonstrating the implications for market‑based interventions and government regulation.

Item ID: 36022
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0975-3133
Keywords: China, consumption, markets, fisheries, banquets, seafood
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© Fabinyi and Liu 2014. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and distribution of the article, provided the original work is cited.

Funders: ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)
Projects and Grants: ETH Society in Science - Branco Weiss Fellowship
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2014 04:14
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 60%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960702 Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 50%
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