Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - Bali earned a total of US$71.8 million from aquatic product exports during 2007, an increase by 37 percent from US$52.4 million in 2006, according to a local official.
The increase was thank to good quality of the aquatic products which had satisfied foreign buyers, Ni Wayan Kusumawathi, head of the Bali provincial trade service, said here on Saturday.
The province`s marine products had met the international standards and gone through laboratory tests, she said.
Fresh and frozen tuna exports alone brought in US$59 million of foreign exchanges last year, up by 56 percent from US$37.6 million in 2006, she said.
The volume of the tuna exports last year reached 18,621 tons, compared with 9,941 tons in 2006.
Bali exported fresh tuna especially to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea, and frozen tuna to European countries and the United States.(*)