2% up in production of fisheries and aquaculture sector in 2017 | Tunisia News Gazette

2% up in production of fisheries and aquaculture sector in 2017

Production in the fisheries and aquaculture sector reached 129,500 tonnes in 2017, compared with 126,500 tonnes in 2016, an increase of 2%, according to the first estimates of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries.

The production of the fishing activity registered, in 2017, an increase in quantity of about 0,9 thousand tonnes, amounting to 111,1 thousand tonnes against 110,2 thousand tonnes in 2016, while Aquaculture was 18.4 thousand tonnes compared to 16.3 thousand tonnes in 2016, an increase of 13%, according to the same source.

As regards exports, they reached, at the end of December 2017, 20.3 thousand tonnes worth 410.4 million dinars, against 20,9 thousand tonnes worth 339.9 million dinars in 2016, a decrease in quantity of 0,6 thousand tonnes (2.7%) and an increase in value of 70.5 million dinars (20.7%).

This rise in the value of exports is explained by changes in export prices, especially for fresh fish and marine molluscs.

Similarly, exports of bluefin tuna increased in 2017 by 79%, to 780,4 tonnes, and also by 124% to 28.3 million dinars (MD).

For fisheries imports, they reached, at the end of December 2017, about 29.5 thousand tonnes worth 159.9 MD. The Department of Agriculture has mentioned, for this purpose, a decrease in quantity of 6% compared to 2016, explained by the fall in Tunisian imports of packaged tuna of 55.2% compared to a year earlier.

Thus, the trade balance of fishery products recorded a surplus of 250.4 MD, against 192.8 MD, in 2016.

Source: TAP News Agency

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