Bali exports ornamental fish

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - Bali earned US$1.16 million from exports of ornamental fish in the first five months of this year, according to the local industry and trade service.

The value drops by 14.61 percent compared to the same period of last year which was recorded at US$1.36 million, data showed on Sunday.

However in terms of volume exports rose by 692.30 percent from 635,473 fish last year to 5.03 million fish.

Ornamental fish exports contribute 0.54 percent to the islands total exports reaching US$215.04 million in value.

A local ornamental fish exporter, Made Sukerena, said countries in Europe have been the biggest markets of Balis ornamental fish while only few amounts have been exported to the US.

He said he exported most of its fish to the European countries in addition to South Africa.

He said exporters seemed to still rely on sea conditions and fishermen to sustain their business as no businessman has been interested in culturing ornamental sea fish to meet export demands.

He said demands were good in Europe as well as a number of Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea in addition to Australia and Russia.

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