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Indian Tuna Has Immense Export Potential India, September 7, 12

Tuna fish caught by trawlers in the Bay of Bengal has immense potential for export, a sea fish exporter said Thursday quoting an UN expert.
Fransisco Blaha, a fisheries expert from New Zealand and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, recently imparted training to some fishermen in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh under a workshop organized by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA).
Blaha said, “Onboard handling of tuna fish is of the essence and in particular the first hour after landing is very crucial. Canned tuna is in great demand in the US, shasmi grade tuna in Japan and value-added products in the European Union.”
He said Indian fishermen were able to catch tuna fish venturing into the sea even in catamarans, but that was not the best part. “Immediately after catching the fish, it should be properly gilled and gutted to keep the histamine levels within the stipulated limits. It should then be preserved properly. Otherwise, the fish which is in great demand in Japan, the US and the EU will lose much of its export value.”
The New Zealander said, “It is estimated that India has a potential of 213,000 tons of tuna fish in the exclusive economic zone, but only a fraction is exploited now. Even its value is greatly diminished due to poor post-harvest practices.”