SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s production of fishery goods raised at fish farms surpassed the 2 million-ton mark last year for the first time and is expected to hit another record this year amid growing popularity of Korean marine products abroad, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said Tuesday.
The amount was tallied at 2.16 million tons last year and is forecast to rise 3.4 percent to 2.21 million tons this year, about 60 percent of the country’s total fishery products, the ministry said in a report.
South Korea will likely produce 155 million packs of 100 sheets of dried laver this year, up 10 percent from the previous year.
Due to the popularity of dried laver as a health food, exports of the product have been growing in recent years.
Production of abalone is expected to rise 13 percent to 18,000 tons this year from a year earlier as the size of the abalone farm has been growing in Wando, South Jeolla Province, the main production region of abalone in the country, and the farms have improved facilities.
Output of oyster will also likely rise by 14 percent on-year to 33,000 tons this year.
Demand for canned and frozen oysters has been growing in recent years.
Production of flatfish, rockfish and seaweed is projected to decline this year from last year due to sluggish sales.