Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - Bali`s exports of tuna fish dropped 20.29 percent year-on-year to US$42.86 million in the first seven months of the year.

The fall in the export earning followed a 28.02 percent decline in the export volume from 10,451.9 tons to 7,523.8 tons in the same period, I Ketut Teneng, the chief spokesman of the provincial administration, said.

Japan has been the main export destination for fresh and frozen tuna from Bali with a smaller part to Europe, I Ketut Teneng said here on Wednesday.

He attributed the decline to weak demand from japan which has not yet fully recover from last year`s tsunami and shrinking production.

He said tuna is the largest export earner among its 8 export commodities from the fishery and maritime sector.

Other fishery and maritime export commodities include live decorative fish species, crabs, the groupers, lobster and seaweed.

The fishery and maritime sector accounts for 20.8 percent to Bali`s export earning last year.

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