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Argentine squid exports increased 84%

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Argentina fisheries exports reached 441,255 tons in 2013, up 19.6% over the previous year when 368,915 tons were shipped abroad.

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Fish exports totaled 249,940 tons, 5.2% more than in 2012 (237,561 tons), while seafood reached 191,315 tons which was 45.6% higher than the previous year with 131,354 tons. The main export item was hake (Merluccius hubbsi), with 121,017 tons, 10.1% more than the 109,881 tons exported in 2012.

This was followed by squid (Illex argentinus), with 101,171 tons, 84% more than in 2012 (54,966 tons), and shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri), 81,276 tons, up 20.3% from the 67,515 tons of the previous season.

Other resources that increased their shipments is the Patagonian anchovy (Engraulis anchovy), with sales up 5.5%, from

Likewise Patagonian scallop (Zygochlamys patagonica) exports totaled 5.518 tons compared to 5.369 tons, which meant an increase of 2.7%.

Among the species that recorded declines when comparing 2013 with 2012 are Argentine hoki (Macruronus magellanicus), down 12.9% (from 14,475 to 12,620 tons) and golden kingclip (Genypterus blacodes), down 28% (from 3,595 to 2,590 tons).

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