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Türkiye’s aquatic products reach 1.7 million tonnes!

Türkiye’s momentum in aquaculture production has continued as the nation registered a fresh record last year, the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, citing the data published earlier by the country’s statistical authority.

İbrahim Yumaklı

“The total production of aquatic products in 2023 reached 1.7 million tonnes, up 18.6 percent compared to the previous year and the record in the history of the republic was broken,” Agriculture and Forestry Minister Ibrahim Yumaklı said.

He noted that the aquaculture production a year before that was 849,800 tonnes, which was also a record.

Yumaklı highlighted that the record production was achieved thanks to the ministry’s support, policies, and projects, which gave momentum to soared sustainable aquaculture production.

“(Some) 273,900 tonnes of European anchovies were caught in 2023, up 117 percent year-over-year, leading to a significant spike in our total production,” the minister said.

“It is important to ensure the sustainability of this species instead of overfishing and to have it on our plates for many years to come, which is why we are putting all our efforts towards that goal by including the European anchovy in the seven fish species that are in our production planning list,” he added.

Yumaklı also noted that the Turkish salmon species also saw a major increase in production, up 45 percent annually, reaching over 66,000 tonnes last year.

He underlined that the ministry will continue its efforts to ensure sustainable aquaculture farming for bream, sea bass and mussel species.

Pointing out that Türkiye exported fishery products worth 1.7 billion dollars (TL 55.12 billion) in total to approximately 100 countries in 2023, he concluded, “We aim to maintain this position as a net exporter.” country…

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