"We exported 18.35 tons of frozen fish that then generated US$196,005 worth of foreign exchange for the country," he noted in Manado, Friday.
He further remarked that the US is particularly keen on importing North Sulawesis frozen fish products, as they bear a distinct quality and uniqueness as compared to those from other areas.
"It might be due to the fact that Sulawesis waters are a bit different," he revealed.
The demand for frozen fish from North Sulawesi also continues to grow, he added.
"Fish products from North Sulawesi are being exported routinely almost every week to the US in order to meet the demand of its citizens," Muksin stated.
Fresh, canned, frozen, and dried fish products are currently North Sulawesis main exports.
All four different types of fish products accounted for 10 percent of the regions total export value in the last five years.
Darwin explained that the US, Saudi Arabia, the Great Britain, and Yemen were the largest importers of frozen fish from the province.
Fish was also exported to countries in Europe, including Belgium and the Netherlands.
The key destinations for North Sulawesis fish exports are Korea, Taiwan, and China in the Asian continent, followed by several countries in the Middle East and Africa.
(Reported by Fidel Malumbot/Uu.KR-ARC/INE/KR-BSR/A014)