Monthly fishery exports from Bushehr province amount to more than 10,000 tons

TEHRAN – Bushehr province’s fishery product exports amounted to 10,109 tonnes in Iran’s second calendar month Ordibehesht (April 20-May 21), a provincial official said.

Morteza Bohrani, director general of the province’s veterinary department, said different types of fish were exported from the province to nine Asian countries in the second month.

Besides fishing for fish and shrimp, breeding is one of the fisheries programs in the province, where veterinary experts have the necessary supervision to prevent the spread and transmission of the disease, the official added.

As previously announced by the Deputy Chief of the Provincial Veterinary Department for Sanitary Affairs, 25,342 tons of fish were exported from Bushehr province in southwestern Iran in the last Iranian calendar year. 1400 (ending March 20).

Mohammad-Mehdi Seymarouni said that of the figure mentioned, 19,000 tonnes were farmed shrimp and 6,000 tonnes from other types of fishing.

He said European Union countries, Russia, China, Persian Gulf states, Malaysia, Turkey, Taiwan, Armenia, Belarus, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Azerbaijan, Thailand and South Korea were the province’s fishery product export destinations.

Bushehr province is the top producer of farmed shrimp in the country, the official pointed out.

As an Iranian Fisheries Organization (IFO) official said, a production of 714,000 tons of fish has been targeted for the current Iranian calendar year.

Morteza Afrasiabi, the acting head of IFO’s fisheries development department, said that of the figure mentioned, 277,000 tonnes will be cage-farmed fish and 70,000 tonnes will be shrimp.

Achieving the target of 714,000 tonnes of catch requires infrastructure as well as credit and banking facilities, the official added.

Fish production has increased significantly in Iran in recent years.

Enjoying high quality, Iranian fishery products sold easily in export markets, and some new export destinations have also welcomed these products in the past three years; as new markets, including China, South Korea and Eurasian Union countries, opened up to Iranian fish products.


Joan J. Holland