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The Fish that Gets Away in Bali

Grouper Fish Exports Account for 2.09% of all Bali Exports in 2012

(4/1/2013) The spokesman for the Province of Bali, I Ketut Teneng, has revealed that Grouper fish exports grew from 1,831.8 tons to 3,705.2 tons in 2012.

The Jakarta Post reports that Bali received US$9.79 million from Grouper (kerapu) exports.

These figures encompass fresh, frozen fish and spawn of the Grouper fish.

In terms of value, this 2012 figure represents a delcine of 4.48% when compared to Grouper exports  in 2011 (US$10.25 million) despite the fact that when measured by volume, exports of the fish grew in 2012.

Teneng said that Grouper accounted for 2.09 % of all exports from Bali, with eleven different fisheries product scomprising 23.84 % (US$114.89) of Bali’s US$481.38 million export market.

Domestically, Grouper spawn is distributed to the Indonesian provinces of Sumatra and Sulawesi.

Bali has become a forerunner in the grouper spawn industry in Indonesia. Fishermen in the primary production district of Grokgak in Buleleng regency, north Bali, have established successful small-scale hatcheries with assistance from the Maritime Fisheries Cultivation Research Agency.

The fishermen cultivate the grouper spawn over 25 months. The spawn is then farmed in floating cages for eight months until harvested.

“Economically, kerapu cultivation is very profitable,” Teneng explained. “However, skills and diligence are needed in cultivating the valuable spawn.”

Contributed by Nahhan Prudy.