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Morocco becomes the first exporter of canned sardines in the world

Updated Feb 1, 2023
The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing, Rural Development, Water and Forests (fishing sector), Zakia Driouch, said that Morocco is the first exporter of canned sardines in the world, with a total of 152 thousand and 137 tons in 2022, with a value of approximately 5.9 billion dirhams. Al-Dariush said, on the occasion of organizing the “Aleutis” exhibition from February 1 to 5 in Agadir, “given its importance in terms of the quantities of fish caught (64 percent of the total quantities caught), sardine fishing occupies a very important place in the activity of the marine fishing sector.” in Morocco.
Morocco also remains the first exporter of canned sardines in the world with 152 thousand and 137 tons, which represents approximately 5.9 billion dirhams in 2022, according to (Morocco Foodex) data. She added that the economic importance of the sardine fishing activity in Morocco is not limited to the quantities caught, but also includes the processing activity, especially in its main activities, which are canning, freezing and packaging of fresh fish. In parallel, Al-Dariush explained that the marine fishing sector faces several challenges, especially those related to climate change, overfishing, the repercussions of global crises (Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine), the sustainability of fish resources and the biodiversity of marine systems. On the other hand, the official pointed out that the high energy cost is increasingly weighing on the profitability of marine fishing units, especially in the less productive northern regions, where ships are forced to reduce fishing days. ...
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