Pakistan’s seafood exports went up by more than 21% in value during 2016-17 due to price increase in world markets and higher landing of the catch.
However, the Marine Fisheries Department (MFD) fears that following the suspension of seafood exports to the United States after an inspection visit, other countries may follow suit. Pakistan’s fish and seafood products are already banned in the European Union (EU) and Saudi Arabia.
The average per ton price of fish rose to $2,616 in 2016-17 from $2,539 in 2015-16.
Data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) shows that fish exports reached $394 million (152,858 tons) in 2016-17 as compared to $325m (127,910 tons) in 2015-16.
Seafood exports had shown a declining trend during the past three years – from $370m in 2013-14 to $325m in 2015-16. A decrease in the quantity of fish exports was also noticed in the same period, dropping from 151,000 tonnes in 2013-14 to 127,910 tons in 2015-16.
Technical Advisor (Marine Fisheries) WWF-Pakistan, Muhammad Moazzam Khan attributed the increase in export and landing of some pelagic species including kingfish, and increased export of shellfish (shrimp razor clam, other clams) and fishmeal export to improved harvesting.
He said fish meal production in Pakistan has substantially increased, particularly from Balochistan where five new fish meals plants on modern lines have been established, making a total of 15 plants in Windar and Sonmiani area.
New fishing grounds for razor clams are located in Miani Hor where mass scale harvesting has been done during the current year.
During 2016, an increase in production of large pelagic species including tuna, mackerel, queen fish, kingfish and billfish was observed, reaching a level of 100,219 tons in 2016 as compared to 82,281 tons in 2015.
Hong Kong to import Tuna fish from Pakistan
Pakistan has entered into business negotiation with a trade delegation from Hong Kong for export of world famous Tuna fish from Pakistan. In this respect a three member trade delegation comprising of importers of Sea Food from Hong Kong visited TDAP on 13th July 2017.
The objective of visit of delegation is to place orders of Tuna Fish from Pakistan. The delegation had a meeting with Director General TDAP who briefed the delegates about potential of seafood export from Pakistan. The delegation informed that currently they are importing 1000 containers of seafood from the world.
TDAP have arranged the meeting of delegation with Chairman Pakistan Fisheries Exporters Association and leading exporters of seafood. The delegation had fruitful meetings with seafood exporters .It is expected that due to this visit Pakistani exporters will export around 50 containers of Tuna Fish to Hong Kong.
It is important to mention that Hong Kong is one of the potential market for seafood and their annual import of seafood is around US$ 3.3 billion. Due to visit of this delegation our exports of seafood to Hong Kong will increased.