United States is the main export destination of Indonesia’s fishery products, buying US$1.07 billion or 30.4 percent of the country’s overall fishery exports last year. Japan came in second with US$ 459.8 million (13.1 percent).
Data from the ministry revealed that Indonesia exported US$3.5 billion worth of fishery products last year, up 22.95 percent from a year earlier. The ministry has set the target of fishery exports for 2012 at US$4.2 billion.
The strong growth in the 2011 fishery exports was attributed to close cooperation between the government and fishery businessmen to improve quality control system and provide safety guarantee to the buyers of Indonesian fishery products.