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Fisheries, together with forestry and agriculture, contribute less than 0.5% to the country’s GDP (2008). Singapore is not a major fishing nation or food producer, currently producing less than 5% of the food it consumes (which, according to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore, it plans to increase to 15% in the near fureu.
Singapore’s imports and exports of live, chilled and frozen seafood were valued at about £300 million and £134 million respectively in 2006. About 88% of supply is imported. Singapore imports most of its seafood products from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The balance of 12% is supplied by a local aquaculture industry, which comprises about six land based farms and about 97 sea-based farming operations, which are involved in the production of fish, prawns, crustaceans and molluscs. This industry’s production output is reported to be valued at between £45 million and £50 million per annum. Production is increasing because of government promotion of the development of new offshore farms to increase seafood supply as part of its overall food security policies.
Singapore is also a major trading/transhipment base for seafood and products that are manufactured from seafood. There are 94 licensed seafood processing businesses operating in Singapore.
The industry is run by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), which pays special attention to the country’s 100 fish farms, providing advice and support to existing and future sites. Its Marine Aquaculture Centre also hatches fish fry, which are sold to commercial farms in Singapore and other areas of Southeast Asia. The AVA also runs two primary fishing ports at Jurong and Senoko. They provide 24-hour service daily to foreign and local fishing vessels for bunkering, discharging and trans-shipment of fish. The government agency for marine fisheries is the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority Fisheries management, while the government agency for the protection of the marine environment is the Environment Protection Division which is a part of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources.
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