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Shrimp export uptrend from Argentina continues

Staff writer |
Argentina exported 415,759 tonnes of seafood from January to November 2014, a figure which shows a 1.6 percent increase compared to the same period in 2013, when 409,201 tonnes had been shipped abroad.

According to statistics from the National Health and Food Quality Service (SENASA), in the first 11 months of this year 213,816 tonnes of fish were exported, representing 7 percent less than in the same period of 2013 (229,857 tonnes).

Besides, a total of 201,943 tonnes of shellfish were exported, that is to say, 12.6 percent more than in the same period last year, when 179,344 tonnes had been sold abroad.

The highest export records were those of hake (Merluccius hubbsi), with 107,421 tonnes, representing 3.2 percent less compared to the 110,879 tonnes exported between January and November 2013.

It was followed by squid (Illex argentinus), with 97,547 tonnes, 1.4 percent less than during the first 11 months last year (98,871 tonnes), and shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri), with 96,209 tonnes, 33.3 percent more than during the same period last year (72,128 tonnes).

Among the resources that increased their shipments abroad are stingrays (Potamotrygon brachyura), whose sales grew by 27.9 percent, changing from 5,294 tonnes between January and November 2013 to 6,773 tonnes in the same period of 2014.

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