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Tuna Exports From Turkey Surge by 43% In the First Half of 2023, Aiming for USD 150 Million by Year-End

South Korea
Ferhat Erdem
Published Aug 14, 2023
Tuna exports from Turkey have experienced remarkable growth, with a 43% increase in the first half of 2023, reaching USD 40 million compared to USD 28 million in the same period in 2022. Key markets like Japan witnessed a substantial 61% surge, while South Korea, the United States (US), and Italy also contributed to the positive trend. Projections indicate that tuna exports could reach USD 150 million by the end of 2023.

The rise in exports is due to stringent regulations on tuna fishing quotas, overseen by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which has led to an increase in natural tuna stock. This positive trend has enabled Turkey to receive a 12% boost in tuna quotas. As one of the world's top five tuna producers, Turkey raises tuna on organic diets comprising sardines, mackerel, and chub mackerel. Fish weighing between 250 and 600 kilograms (kg) are processed on specialized "factory ships" from Japan, which embark on export journeys from the Aegean Sea every December.
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