Rabat – Morocco’s seafood products exports exceeded 15.6 billion Dirhams in 2014, Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries Minister Aziz Akhnnouch said.
Akhnnouch, who was speaking on Wednesday at a press conference in Casablanca dedicated to the presentation of the 3rd edition of the international fishing industry exhibition Halieutis, said that the added value of the fisheries sector increased by 33% since 2009.
The Minister announced that Halieutis exhibition will take place from 18 to 22 February in Agadir under the theme “The Sea, Future of Man”. The exhibition will open its doors to the public during the last two days, Akhnnouch added.
“[Halieutis] aims to be a meeting place for professionals in the fisheries sector and to enhance the Moroccan expertise in the field of fisheries and promote exchanges and cooperation between Moroccan and foreign operators,” the Minister said.
The Minister highlighted the role played by Morocco in the fishing industry, saying that the kingdom is the first producer of seafood products in Africa and the 25th worldwide.
He added that Morocco produced 1.3 million tons of maritime products in 2014, including an overall volume of seafood exports that reached 500,000 tons.
Akhnnouch emphasized the importance of the fishing sector as a growth factor for the national economy.
The fishing sector contributed 2.3% to the national GDP on average over the last ten year. The sector also created 170,000 direct job positions and 500,000 indirect jobs.