In the first 4 months of the year, Turkey’s fishery exports reached 409 million 171 thousand dollars with an increase of 32 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.
According to data compiled from the Aegean Exporters’ Associations (EİB), exports of fisheries and animal products amounted to 955 million 410 thousand dollars in January-April. The sector has achieved an increase of 22 percent compared to the same period of the last year.
In the export sales of the sector, aquaculture took the first place. In January-April, exports of aquatic products, which attracted attention with foreign sales exceeding 1 billion dollars in 2020 and 2021, soared by 32 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, from 309 million 456 thousand dollars to 409 million 171 thousand dollars. Sea bass, which Turkey is a pioneer in its production and export, ranked first in aquaculture exports. In the said period, sea bass exports surged by 27 percent from 108 million 180 thousand dollars to 137 million 817 thousand dollars.
Sea bream exports, which attracted attention from Russia in recent years, increased by 27 percent from 94 million 341 thousand dollars to 119 million 756 thousand dollars.
On the other hand, the export sales of trout grown in inland waters rose by 28 percent and were recorded as 49 million 392 thousand dollars. The rise in exports continued in the Black Sea salmon, which is the shining star of seafood exports and marketed as Turkish salmon abroad. Exports, which were 3 million 389 thousand dollars in the 4-month period of last year, increased by 760 percent to 29 million 149 thousand dollars.
Equalizing the record is the target…
Ufuk Atakan Demir, Member of the Board of the Aegean Fisheries and Animal Products Exporters’ Association, said that they are the sector that reaches the export target at the earliest. Reminding that there was a decrease in exports in many sectors with the epidemic, Demir said, “With normalization, many sectors recovered. However, food was the leading sector that heightened its exports despite the closures. Although there were monthly fluctuations in food, seafood closed 2020 quite well. This year also started very well and continued. Our industry is going step by step to a new record with the effect of increasing demand for healthy nutrition during the epidemic period.”
Pointing out that there was a high demand from European countries during this period, Demir added, “Turkey is the market leader in sea bass and sea bream.”
Stating that the rapid increase in Black Sea salmon continues, Demir concluded, “We send this product mainly to Russia. Our goal is to be assertive in this product such as sea bass and sea bream. We will see that the share of Turkish salmon in export is increasing altogether.”