Colombo, Dec 28 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s fish exports to the European Union (EU) countries has recorded a 45.9 percent increase till November following the lifting of a ban on fish exports by the EU in June, the government information department said Thursday.
Fish exports to the European Union countries amounted to 18,262 metric tons from January to September. This recorded a total value of Rs. 28,685 million.
“This was a 45.9 percent increase compared to the exports during the previous year. Revenue wise, it was a 47.7 percent increase,” the information department said.
The EU completely lifted the ban on fisheries exports from Sri Lanka in June after it announced a ban in January 2015.
The ban came into effect in February 2015 and Sri Lanka’s sea food exports plummeted 35.5 percent to $163.3 million that year compared to 2014.
Sri Lanka was warned in 2012 by the EU over its failure to implement control measures in fishing adequately and comply with international and regional fisheries rules.