Deputy Minister of Agricultural Jihad and Head of Iran Fisheries Organization Hassan Salehi said the figure for the year to March 2016 was $350 million while imports of aquatic products stood at $150 million, Mehr News Agency reported.
"Accordingly, exports outweighed imports by $200 million which indicates a positive trade balance in fishery exports," the official pointed out.
Salehi further revealed plans to produce 20,000 tons of fish through fish farming cage systems in the year to mid-March 2017.
He estimated that the production of fisheries products will reach over one million tons in the year to mid-March next year.
On the latest status of fishing sturgeon, the official said, "On the basis of the decision taken at the meeting of Caspian Sea littoral states in the Kazakh capital on July 12-13, the ban on commercial fishing of sturgeon will remain for the next year."
Salehi referred to the signing of preferential trade with Eurasian countries in the next three months, said, "Preferential trade with countries of the Eurasian region is of great importance for the exports of fishery products, especially given the fact that we are now negotiating with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on the development of target markets."