Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) has announced fish exports in the first 7 months of 2019 has increased in comparison to the same period last year.
Statistics show fish exports have reached over 37,000 metric tonnes by July which is an increase of 0.3% as compared to the 36,800 metric tonnes of fish exported in the first 7 months of 2018.
Of the 37,000 metric tonnes, the most exported category of fish was skipjack tuna with 18-thousand-500 metric tonnes. whilst the second most exported variety was yellowfin tuna. The MMA report states that 10,500 metric tons of yellowfin tuna was exported by July this year.
The report suggests that although the export of skipjack tuna and yellowfin tuna have increased, the combined total of other varieties of fish excluding skipjack and yellowfin tuna has fallen by 33.8 percent. export of other varieties was recorded at 1,253 tonnes in 2018. Although, the amount fell to 830 metric tonnes this year.
Processed fish products exported increased from 808 metric tonnes to 1,100 metric tonnes this year. Meanwhile, other fish products exported from the Maldives – packaged fish increased to 5,700 metric tonnes from 4,400 metric tonnes exported in the same period last year.