Denpasar , The Indonesian tourist resort island of Bali managed to export 8,488.8 tons of canned fish worth US$20.08 million within January - November 2010, Head of Bali`s Maritime and Fisheries Service I Gusti Putu Nuriatha cited as quoted saying .
Nuriatha cited that the canned fish exports in the seven month period during 2010 increased 5.38 percent compared with that in the same period a year earlier which were US$19.06 million.
"However, if it was seen from the volume aspect, the exports declined by 2.49 percent because Bali`s exports of the same commodity in 2009 stood at 8,705.9 tons," he added.
He elaborated that the canned fish which was exported to Japan, the United States and Europe, was produced by the Pengambengan canned fish factory at Jembrana district.
"The canned fish is one of the 12 kinds of fishery products that are able to penetrate the world market," Gusti Putu Nuriaha said.
In the meantime, Bali `s ornamental fish exports during January-November 2010 period rose by 9.99 percent to US$1.02 million from the same period the previous year .
"The ornamental fish exports fell 0.22 percent by volume compared to the same period in the previous year when 785,202 heads of ornamental fish were shipped," Gusti Putu Nuriatha said.
The drop in the volume of ornamental fish exports was among others the result of unfavorable climate that caused difficulties to fishermen to catch ornamental fish, he said.
After all, Bali still has got a chance to increase ornamental fish exports in 2011 and the upcoming years, he said.
The ornamental fish was exported to Japan, the United States, Australia and Europe.
Ornamental fish is one of Bali`s 11 aquatic products which have so far penetrated the international market. The province earned US$107.15 million from aquatic product exports in the January-November 2010 period, a 13.28 percent increase compared to the same period the year before when the figure was US$94.59 million.
Gusti Nuriatha said the Bali waters was abundant in a wide variety of ornamental fish. Fishermen catch the fish of high economic value near the province`s beaches using very simple instrument.
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