Seafood half of Alaska exports
Alaska has released its 2008 export data. At USD 1.8 billion (EUR 1.4 billion), seafood accounted for 50 percent of the state's total exports, in terms of value.While seafood's export value dipped 9 percent from 2007, the total is still the fourth best in Alaska history.
Alaska exported USD 553 million (EUR 418 million) to Japan, the state's largest seafood export market; USD 404 million (EUR 306 million) to China; USD 225 million (EUR 170 million) to Korea; USD 168 million (EUR 127 million) to Germany; and USD 449 million (EUR 340 million) to other markets worldwide.
Alaska seafood exports to Europe have been increasing since 1999, when it represented less than 5 percent of total seafood exports. In 2008, European markets continued to expand, accounting for 24.7 percent of the state's seafood export value.
"Wild Alaskan seafood is the cleanest, healthiest, tastiest protein on earth, and more people are discovering it every day. We're fortunate enough to have the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute pushing hard for our wonderful seafood in key international markets," said Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "We want to increase the value of our states sustainable fisheries in every way possible."