From Samsun to the European Union, Japan, South Korea, China and the Middle East countries, 20 million dollars foreign currency inflow is provided from fish exports to the Middle East countries.
Samsun Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry İbrahim Sağlam, in his written statement, said that Samsun is one of the most important provinces in Turkey in terms of inland water potential.
Sağlam said, “The midwater trawl fishery is widely made in the province due to the suitability of the continental shelf.”
Noting that the province has an important place in terms of inland fisheries and the large number of dams along with lagoons and streams, Sağlam continued as follows:
“Approximately 70 percent of the fish caught in the territorial waters of our country are taken from the Black Sea and 60 percent of the fishing is made up of anchovies. Therefore, the fish population of the Black Sea, which is the common fish basin of our fishermen, should not be consumed by unconscious and small size hunting and sensitivity should be shown on this issue in particular.”
“Anchovy and sprat fish are hunted intensively throughout the province, some of the caught anchovy and all of the sprat fish are processed in fish meal and oil factories. There are 3 factories established for this purpose in Samsun province,” Sağlam noted.
“The fish, which are hunted according to the season and have commercial value, are offered for human consumption and contribute to the national economy and human nutrition,” Sağlam added.
“There are 6 fish processing and evaluation facilities in the city. Anchovy, trout and sea snail are generally processed in these facilities and these products are exported to Japan, South Korea, China and the Middle East countries, especially to EU countries. 20 million dollars of foreign currency input is provided,” Sağlam concluded…