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Chinese foodies offer help after Denmark complains about its oyster problem online

Invasive Pacific oysters threatening to wipe out local species on Danish coasts

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 April, 2017, 12:31pm
UPDATED : Friday, 28 April, 2017, 12:31pm

A social media post by the Danish embassy in China, complaining about Pacific oysters invading the Danish coast, has triggered huge interest among the Chinese.

“The coasts are full of oysters, but the Danes aren’t happy at all,” the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing wrote in China on its Weibo account on Monday. “Will you come to the Danish coasts for an oyster meal?”

Chinese man bites into oyster ... and crunches on a pearl

The post was accompanied by photos showing Pacific oysters across a beach. The invasive species has affected the local Limfjord oyster species, threatening the coastal ecosystem.

It added: “We encourage locals to pick those oysters for meals, but not many are willing to do that.”

In the span of a few days, the post was shared almost 14,000 times on the Chinese microblogging platform, garnering some 8,000 likes and almost 15,000 comments.

Chinese seafood enthusiasts were delighted.

“Give us free visa and we will fix [your problem] in a month,” one internet user wrote.

“Send us in, and it will become an endangered species soon,” another wrote.

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The Danish embassy told Beijing Youth Daily that it was happy to see the suggestions and welcomed more Chinese tourists to the Nordic country.

It had also received enquiries from some Chinese firms on fresh oyster trade, it said.