Archipelago

Bali seafood exports decline
by 12.39 percent in 2011

Exports of fish and seafood products from Bali in the period from January to November 2011 experienced a 12.39 percent decline to US$93.87 million from $107.15 million in the same period in 2010.

“The export decline was caused by the decline in fishermen’s catches due to extreme maritime weather conditions in the recent rainy season,” Bali provincial administration spokesperson I Ketut Teneng said on Monday as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said that the export of fish and seafood products contributed 20.31 percent to Bali’s total exports, which reached $462.16 million.

Teneng said that the province exported a wide variety of seafood products, such as tuna, ornamental fish, snapper, crab, grouper and shrimp to various countries, such as Australia, Germany, Japan, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the US, in addition to local markets.

Tuna exports, for example, amounted to 15,441.15 tons, worth $76.69 million, from January to November 2011, a 13.27 percent decline when compared to the same period in 2010.

Total exports of fish and seafood products in 2010 amounted to $119.76 million, an increase of 14.57 percent on 2009’s total of $104.54 million.

“The export of fish and seafood products is expected to increase in 2012,” he said. (drs)

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