SEJONG, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s fisheries output increased sharply last year due mainly to strong demand and an increase in sea algae production, government data showed Thursday.
According to the data by Statistics Korea, fisheries output came to 3.74 million tons last year, up 14.5 percent, or 474,000 tons, from 2016.
The 2017 tally marks the largest since 1986, when the comparable figure was 3.66 million tons, the data showed.
The statistical agency said more warm temperature sea fish, such as mackerel, were caught in coastal waters.
By value, the size of the country’s fishery production reached a record high of 8.61 trillion won (US$7.96 billion) for all of 2017, a 15.2 percent jump from the year before.