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Turkish Fishermen Return to the Sea as ban Ends

06 September 2013

TURKEY - Turkish fishermen have returned to their fishing boats after the seasonal fishing ban ended on 1 September, 2013.

A ban on large fishing boats took place in Turkey between 15 April and 1 September, reports DailyNews.

“We caught more than we hoped. This year seems to be more fruitful than it did last year,” said a fisherman during a ceremony that was organized by the Istanbul Fisheries and Animal Products Exporters Association.

Fishermen mostly caught blue mackerel, mackerel and bonito during their first day of the season.

Around 110 million tons of fishery products are produced annually in the world, and 25 million tons of this come from fish-breeding farms. Some 200,000 tons of Turkey’s 700,000 tons of fish produced come from farms.

While Turkey exported around $1.4 billion of fish and fish products in 2011, this number increased to $1.66 billion in 2012. “We are aiming at reaching 1.85 billion this year,” said the association’s head, Ahmet Tuncay Sagun.

Environmentalists, meanwhile, have called for the fishing ban to be extended until 1 October, saying the period from April to October is the most crucial time for fish to lay their eggs.

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