Dec 07, Colombo: Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister of Sri Lanka Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has noted an increase in the country's fish exports from last year.
Dr. Senaratne informed parliament that the country had exported 43,063 metric tons of fish and fish products from 2012 up to June this year.
The country exported 18,333 metric tons of fish and fish products in 2012 and exports have increased to 24,430 during the first six months of this year.
The Minister presented these figures in response to a question raised by United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayaka.
He further noted that Sri Lanka had exported 1,078 metric tons of prawns in 2012 and 1,510 metric tons up to June this year.
The country has also exported 119 metric tons of lobsters last year and 160 metric tons in the first six months of 2013.
The statistics by the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ministry has noted that in 2012 the country had exported 1,557 metric tons of crabs, which had increased to 2,760 metric tons during the first six months of 2013.
According to Dr. Senaratne, Sri Lanka exports fish and fish products to 32 countries across the world including the countries in the EU, Asia, West Asia, and South East Asia.