The Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association Chairman Saffet Kalyoncu stressed that Turkey is trying to increase exports to a wider variety of nations. "Turkey's aquaculture exports to 76 countries have achieved significant success in terms of diversity," he said. Turkey remains a leading producer of aquaculture products in the Mediterranean Sea. Currently it produces large quantities of European sea bass, gilthead sea bream and rainbow trout. Turkish production extends to the Black Sea, where sea raised trout and European sea bream are cultivated. One of the typical characteristics of aquaculture in Turkey is that it is mostly based on intensive systems of producing carnivorous fish species. The total production of the Turkish aquaculture sector reached 276,502 tonnes in 2017, and in 2019 this figure is expected to be greater.
Turkish aquaculture exports increase
Turkeys aquaculture exports during this season reached $582.2 million, a 9 percent increase compared to the same period last year according to the Eastern Black Sea Exports Association. Some 118,954 tonnes of aquaculture products were exported between September 1 and April 15, 2019.The Netherlands, Japan and Italy were the leading export destinations for frozen fish fillets from Turkey