Denmark’s embassy asks China for help to solve oyster invasion – a paradise for seafood foodies?

by Astro on October 6, 2017 - 10:37pm

Non-native oysters have invaded Denmark’s shores. It is a disaster to native species because these oysters have over-populated and covered Scandinavian Coast. Under such a critical situation, Denmark’s embassy in China posted a commentary article this April on a Chinese social networking named Weibo. It described how these tiny guys “travel” from Asia to Europe and have reproduced in a dramatic speed. This article received more than 15000 responses in about ten days. One famous comment was “what extent do you want us to eat? Endangered or extinct?” Some people were interested in taking a trip to Denmark and even asked for a free trip and an “eater visa”.  As this topic was discussed by more and more people, it drew Alibaba’s attention (the most popular online marketplace in China). Later, Alibaba claimed that they had reached a cooperation with Danish officials. They decided importing these oysters to China. Danish officials said they have received many requests from Chinese companies. However, Danish officials told that it should make sure that import/export will not cause potential biodiversity problem to target counties. Chinese travel agencies were making routes and plans to Denmark for tourists to taste oysters. Danish fishery industry has been very optimistic after taking these strategies into action.


From my point of view, media plays an essential role in this case. Weibo is one of the most popular social networking in China. Thus, when you post anything interesting or emergency to deal with, Weibo is a good platform to disseminate these news. It acts as a catalyst for awareness. The oysters in China and in Denmark have totally different situations. Due to high population density, the demand of oysters for food in China is very high which is not only an economic problem but also an environmental protection problem. From economic aspect, there is a high demand but low supply for oysters, which causes high price on them especially in the provinces that are far away from the coast. From environmental aspect, there is a conflict about the value of oysters resulting from the scarcity of oyster. Food industry is eager to profit from oyster products. On the other hand, it is also necessary to maintain the population of oysters to keep biodiversity. From this point of view, importing oyster imposed by the Chinese government may solve the conflicting problem on oysters. This case is also a good example for a state to use the power on resource management. Denmark has asked China for help in a diplomatic way to sustain the stability and promote the development of the state itself. If this plan is accomplish, both Denmark and China will benefit from it.