Bali`s tuna fish exports up last year

Bali`s tuna fish exports up last year

Photo document of Indonesian fishermen arranging baskets of tuna for export. (ANTARA/Ampelsa)

Denpasar (ANTARA News) - Balis tuna fish exports in the past ten months in 2013 reached US$63.48 million, which was up from US$62.76 million in the same period of the previous year.

"The volume of exports also rose 15.80 percent from 11,758.8 tons in the first ten months of 2012 to 13,818.02 tons in the same period of 2013," Bali provincial administration spokesman I Ketut Teneng said here on Sunday.

Fish shipped fresh or frozen is catch of local fishermen as well as fishing companies operating at Benoa port.

Tuna fish is the biggest contributor to the provinces income among 11 Balis fish and marine products that are exported.

Most tuna fish from the region is exported to Japan comprising 37.23 percent of the total, followed by the US (24.62 percent), Australia (5.74 percent), Hong Kong (4.85 percent) and Malaysia (0.69 percent).

The fish is also exported to Singapore (0.87 percent), Britain (0.75 percent), France (1.03 percent), Germany (0.43 percent and Spain (1.11 percent).

The rest goes to a number of other countries, Ketut said.

Other fishery products that have also entered export markets are ornamental fish, lobster, shark fin, snapper, grouper and crab.

Bali earned US$94.05 million in the past 10 months of 2013 from exporting the products, which was an increase by 9.40 percent from the same period of the previous year recorded at US$85.97 million.

(Reporting by I Ketut Sutika/Uu.H-YH/F001)

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