Manado, N Sulawesi, (ANTARA News) - North Sulawesi`s exports of fish and fish products reached a value of US$45.23 million in the first semester of this year, a local trade official said.
"The income came from exports totaling 20,735.18 tons of various fish and fish products to various countries in the world," the head of the local foreign trade service, Hanny Wajong, said here on Saturday.
"The exports included fingerlings," she said.
Although the value reached US$45.23 the fish and fish product exports accounted for only around 10 percent of the value of the province`s overall exports, she said.
"Coconut and coconut products still dominate the province`s exports securing between 60 to 70 percent of the total export market," she said.
Wajong said fishery exports this year were expected to be higher than last year in value as well as volume.
"In 2007, the province`s fishery exports were recorded at US$62.27 million so exports so far have reached around 73 percent of it. Therefore we are optimistic this year`s exports will be higher," he said.(*)