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Shrimp still leading seafood export volume growth

Staff writer |
Argentina exported 237,789 tonnes of seafood between January and July, 2014, a figure which shows an increase of more than 4 percent compared to the same period in 2013, when 228,062 tonnes were shipped abroad.

According to statistics from the National Health and Food Quality Service (SENASA), in the first seven months of this year 125,718 tonnes of fish were exported, that is to say, 5.5 percent less than in the same period in 2013 (132,970 tonnes).

Until July, 2014 a total of 112,080 tonnes of shellfish was also exported, 17.8 percent more than in the same period last year, when 95,092 tonnes were sold overseas.

The highest export records were those of hake (Merluccius hubbsi), with 61,104 tonnes, 2.9 percent less than the 62,8882 tonnes that were exported between January and July, 2013.

It was followed by squid (Illex argentinus), with 46,083 tonnes, 28.5 percent less than during the first seven months last year (64,403 tonnes), and shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri), with 34,158 tonnes, 39.9 percent more than during the same period last year (24,415 tonnes).

Among the resources that increased their shipments abroad are stingray (Potamotrygon brachyura), whose sales grew by 26.3 percent, changing from 3,240 tonnes to 4,093 tonnes.

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