This species mainly relies on formulated feed; high protein content is required. The fish-in-fish-out ratio is high, meaning that large amounts of fish are input into system as feed to produce one kilogram of yellowfin seabream. The ingredients are also not traceable.
Waste discharge levels relating to pond aquaculture are not well-documented. This production method may cause alterations in areas of high ecological sensitivity with ongoing or recent habitat loss. Overall, there is a lack of information and studies about the adopted farming methods and their impacts on the surrounding environment and habitats, as well as on the transfer of parasites and diseases to the wild. This species could be subject to various viral and bacterial diseases. Chemicals, mainly antibiotics, are frequently used in Chinese aquaculture. There have not been recent reported incidents of widespread outbreaks in China.
China’s regulatory framework for aquaculture is marginally effective. However, it is becoming more comprehensive to satisfy the continuous development of the sector and to minimise the adverse impact on the environment. Monitoring and enforcement don’t appear to be effective. Data availability is partially limited and lacks monitoring and transparency.