The BC Geoduck Industry and International Taxation


Written By: Jamie Cook and Wei Cui

Geoduck (pronounced “gooey-duck”, xiangbabang in Chinese) is a large mud-burrowing bivalve mollusk, harvested on the west coast of North America. In recent decades, British Columbia has positioned itself as a leading producer of geoduck, which has been a boon to the province’s economy: the BC geoduck industry is estimated to generate $50 million annually. Despite being a leading producer of geoduck, however, the delicacy is consumed relatively little in BC. Rather, the vast majority (approximately 90%) of BC’s geoduck is exported to Asia, and in particular, China, where it is prized as a delicacy.

Read the full blog post on the recently launched Centre for Asian Legal studies blog.