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Jakarta Post

Indonesia eyes top position as decorative fish exporter

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 20, 2019   /   08:27 am
Indonesia eyes top position as decorative fish exporter Sea creatures are seen in waters off Bali. (Shutterstock/File)

Indonesia aims to become the world’s leading exporter of decorative fish, capitalizing on its large maritime territory and rich marine life.

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry Aquaculture Director General Slamet Soebjakto said in Jakarta on Monday that exports of decorative fish to numerous countries had grown at a rate of more than 13 percent annually since 2015.

“Decorative fish with significant export growth include guppy, chef, hickey, corydoras and koi,” Slamet said on the sidelines of a meeting at his office in Jakarta, as quoted by

“The commodity has great [potential]. We hope we will become the largest exporter of decorative fish,” he said.

To that end, the government wanted to sell decorative fish directly to destination markets like Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates or Hawaii in the United States without passing through Singapore, he added.

He revealed that Indonesia produced 1.8 billion decorative fish in 2018 (up from 1.3 billion in 2015) with exports totaling Rp 4.3 trillion (up from Rp 2.8 trillion).

This year, the government aimed to export 2.3 billion fish, he added. (bbn)