Island reaps dividends from aquaculture, tourism | Updated: 2023-02-06

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A view of Shepan Island, Sanmen county, Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/WeChat account: tzfb001]

Efforts made by Shepan Island to achieve common prosperity by integrating its two pillar sectors of tourism and aquaculture have born fruitful results in recent years.

White-leg shrimp, also known as litopenaeus vannamei, is the main seafood produced by the island in Taizhou's Sanmen county.

Sun Lihui, an employee at Zhejiang Yize Aquaculture Co Ltd, which is based in Shepan, said that the company currently has 300 mu (20 hectares) of ponds used to breed white-leg shrimps. These ponds generate an annual revenue of 30 million yuan ($4.62 million).

The output of each shrimp pond can reach 5,000 to 6,000 kilograms, far higher than that of blue crabs, another well-known local produce, according to Sun.

The largest island in Taizhou, Shepan is dubbed the "Island of a Thousand Caves" due to its many caves.

The Huangnidong ancient village is a popular scenic spot featuring 55 stone houses, all of which were built with locally produced Shepan stones.

To boost the tourism and aquaculture industries, the local government has transformed a grocery market into a workshop to display and sell local agricultural and fishery products.

Since its opening in March 2022, the workshop has welcomed 13,000 visitors and generated 2.1 million yuan in revenue. The workshop's annual revenue for 2022 is expected to hit 30 million yuan, resulting in an increase of 9,000 yuan in per capita income for local farmers.