As the Turkish aquaculture sector, we have been one of the star sectors of exports in Türkiye since the beginning of the 2000s. With an export amount of 1.4 billion dollars that we realized at the end of 2021, we have been one of the first sectors to reach the 2023 export targets.

The introduction of modern packaging and processing facilities and the aquaculture sector’s desire for export-oriented growth have led to good results in both our production and exports. In this context, we revised our export target for 2023 to 1.830 billion US dollars.

Fish is still produced in Türkiye both by hunting and by fish farms. Today, if the consumer can find and consume products such as sea bass, sea bream, and trout for 12 months of the year at high quality and affordable prices, this is thanks to aquaculture.  Mainly sea bass, sea bream, trout, and tuna are exported from our country as fresh and chilled, frozen whole or fillet, and also smoked. Apart from these, many aquatic products are exported, including mollusks and crustaceans. Developed as a result of the R&D studies of the Turkish aquaculture industry in recent years and being more delicious and satisfying than Norwegian Salmon, as a source of Omega-3 Turkish Salmon reached 230 million dollars with an increase of 132 percent in 2022 and became the star of Türkiye’s export in the aquaculture sector.

Türkiye’s aquaculture production and export have shown great progress, especially with the investments made in recent years. On the other hand, the fact that Turkish entrepreneurs brought the world’s most modern and integrated facilities in the aquaculture and animal products sector to our country in the last 20-25 years is one of the factors that increase the export of the sector. So much so that, at the end of 2020, despite the pandemic, we have demonstrated a performance that will exceed the 1 billion USD target. Türkiye’s aquaculture export reached 1,4 billion US dollars in 2021. In 2022, we increased our exports to 1 billion 638 million dollars.

With the existing investments, the Turkish aquaculture industry has had the opportunity to settle in the European market seriously. In addition, our exports are increasing day by day with the contribution of intensive promotional activities and marketing efforts in the Middle East and Russian markets. We are planning to continue to add value to our exports in 2023 by increasing our promotional activities for Africa, which is our target market in the upcoming period. On the other hand, we will continue to promote the Turkish aquaculture sector in the international arena by participating in international fairs in order to increase our export to our existing markets and pave the way for new markets. In addition, we will continue our efforts to increase domestic consumption by drawing attention to the numerous benefits of fish in order to increase fish consumption, which is currently low in our country. Until now, we have participated in many food and aquaculture fairs all over the world, from Germany to Belgium, from Russia to UAE, from the USA  to Canada, and from Asian countries.

Thanks to all these devoted works we have done on behalf of the aquaculture sector, we expect to reach our export target of 1.830 billion US dollars for 2023 which is the 100th anniversary of our Republic.

A Fishmonger
to The World

Türkiye, whose fertile lands  enjoy abundant water resources, has a well developed seafood cuisine developed over many generations of the long, local history. In turn, the story of Turkish aquaculture began with an annual production of 3,000 tons in 1986, achieving 240,000 tons by 2016.

Today Türkiye is a fully integrated seafood and aquaculture producer, from hatcheries to fish farms, processing and packaging facilities, feed factories and plants producing packaging and technical equipment. Significant and steady growth are the hallmarks of the Turkish seafood sector.

A capacity for sustainable production, species diversity, processing and production techniques and conformity to EU standards, combined with a close geographic proximity to target markets are the essential advantages that have generated significant market shares in foreign markets.

Sea Bass

Sea Bream

Rainbow Trout

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Aquaculture in World Standards

The Turkish Seafood sector has developed parallel to the implementation of environmentally friendly procedures embracing high technology R&D methods. Each species are fed by precision- made fish feeds conforming to formulas based primarily on natural ingredients.

Turkish fish farms are each in a unique habitat and subject to stringent traceability and quality systems. Consequently Turkish seafood is available year-round, and is widely regarded by the export markets for the health and taste characteristics of these Turkish products.