Export revenues of the sector exceeded $1.4 billion last year, Kirişçi said in a statement, adding that next year’s target is $2 billion.
The local fishery industry has the capacity to supply more than what the country needs, he noted.
Turkish fishermen catch around 1 million tons of fish in international waters and oceans, which is three times higher than their catch in Türkiye’s seas, according to the minister.
Some 70 fishing vessels operate in the territorial waters of foreign countries, mainly in Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau and Georgia, the Agriculture Ministry said in a separate statement, adding that those operations create a business volume between $600 million to $700 million.
Last year aquaculture and fishery production stood at 799,844 tons, it said.
More than 193,000 inspections were carried out to prevent illegal fishing and a total of 27.6 million Türkish Liras of administrative fine was imposed as a result of those checks, according to the ministry.
Around 15 fish species, including turbot, grouper, sturgeon and trout, have been released to aquatic resources in Southeastern Anatolia, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea as part of the restocking efforts, Kirişçi also said.
“Türkiye is one of the few countries restocking such diverse fish species. By the end of 2024, 84 million fish fries will have been released to water resources,” he added, noting that the number of fish to be released will increase to 100 million,” he added…