Iran's fisheries export to hit $310M

Business Materials 10 March 2015 19:02 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 10

By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

Managing Director of the Quality Improvement, Processing, and Development of Iran's Fisheries Organization, Isa Golshahi said that Iran's fishery export is expected to hit $310 million by the end of the current Iranian fiscal year (March 20), Mehr news agency reported March 10.

In the first ten months of this year (March 21, 2014 to January 20, 2015), Iran exported over 46 thousand metric tons of fishery products worth $155 million, Golshahi said.

Of that number, over 34 thousand metric tons, worth $108 million was fish and 7.4 thousand metric tons, worth $32 million was shrimp.

Iran's shrimp farms are mainly located in southern Bushehr, Hormozgan, Khozestan provinces as well as northern Golestan province.

The conserved products export was 1.9 thousand metric tons, worth $9.31 million.

Tuna fish export was 412 metric tons, worth $1.05 million.

He added that in the meantime, one metric ton of caviar worth $540 thousand was exported.

Iran expects to export 120 trillion rials (about $3.5 million) of farmed caviar by the end of the current Iranian fiscal year (March 20, 2015). Iranian caviar is exported to European countries, Caspian Sea states, Persian Gulf states, and the US.

Also the aquatic feed export was 1,754 metric tons, worth $1.734 million.

The official said the export growth was 2 percent for fish and 75 percent for ornamental aquatics.

The fisheries export jumped 33 percent in value and 79 percent in weight compared to the previous year, he noted.

The shrimp export initially suffered a 25 percent decrease because there was no shrimp exported the first 6 months of the year. But the surge in shrimp export started in December.

Golshahi explained that in the Iranian month of Bahman (January 21 to February 19), 2,300 metric tons of shrimp were exported whereas the number was 600 metric tons for the same period of the preceding year.

Edited by CN