April 28, 2021

Turkey's aquaculture exports cross US$1 billion mark in 2020



Turkey's aquaculture exports have exceeded US$1 billion for the first time in 2020, according to data by the country's statistical authority.


Turkey's exports of fish, crustaceans, mollusks and other aquatic invertebrates, continued to increase last year, Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data showed.


The country's aquaculture exports were US$744.56 million in 2016, US$797.25 million in 2017, US$879.59 million in 2018, US$962.23 million in 2019 and over US$1 billion in 2020.


On the import side, aquaculture imports were US$143.1 million last year.


The main destination of Turkish aquaculture exports were the Netherlands with US$133.08 million, followed by Russia (US$131.9 million), Italy (US$121.45 million) and Greece (US$81.24 million).


Ramazan Özkaya, head of the Central Union of Fisheries Cooperatives, said Turkey's main export products are trout, bream and seabass. The country is Europe's largest fish provider and exports tuna to Japan, he noted.


Özkaya added that the sector is continuing to work toward its 2023 aquaculture export target of US$2 billion.


- Daily Sabah