“We hope to increase fish production to nearly 600,000 metric tons by 2013, from the present production of around 400,000 tonnes,” fisheries minister Rajitha Senaratne said.
Increased production will not only enable more exports but also allow an increase in per capita fish consumption from the present 16 grams per person a day to 60 grams in line with internationally recommended protein intakes, he said.
“Tuna accounts for a large share of our seafood exports, close to 200 million US dollars in value, Senaratne told the opening session of the 26th Governing Council meeting of INFOFISH in Colombo.
The Inter Governmental Organization for Marketing, Information and Technical advisory Services for Fisheries Products in the Asia and the Pacific Region is a regional project under the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation with 14 member countries.
“The industry has shown significant growth and now Sri Lanka has become the main fresh tuna loin supplier to the EU.”
Senaratne said Sri Lankan technical experts were involved in the Food and Agriculture Organisation tuna project, sharing knowledge and skills with other INFOFISH member countries.