Today we visited the Yangtze River Rare Fish Institute. The facility is privately owned by Zheng Jinliang and specializes in rearing rare fishes from the Yangtze River and other places around the world. Currently they are growing knife fish, puffer fish, Japanese eel, Australian crayfish, the mussel Hyriopsis cumungii and American shad. Mr. Zheng was the first to close the life cycle for American shad in captivity. Live individuals were brought over from the U.S.A., collected from the Columbia River. In 2010, the facility produced 10 metric tons valued at 1.5 million U.S. dollars. The facility rears mussels for producing pearls and other rare fish species from the Yangzte River basin. His work at the Institute has been recognized and awarded by the Chinese government. At the end of our tour, Mr. Zheng and his staff provided us with an excellent lunch, to include puffer fish and eel. The eel was my favorite!
Bagging puffer fish for shipment to Beijing. See more photos at: