Agriculture and fishing are the dominant industries of the economy of South Korea. South Korea’s fishing industry is navigating a challenging period as the government seeks a further reduction in fishing boat numbers along with further expansion of aquaculture production to ensure the long term sustainability of the fisheries sector.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Korea’s total fishery production reached 3.1 million tonnes in 2010, accounting for 2.1% of total world production. This positions South Korea as the world’s 12th largest fishery producer after Russia.

The major species caught are mackerel, hairtail, anchovy, squid, croaker, blue crab and clams and the main species caught are tuna, saury, Alaska Pollack, squid and krill.

Officials from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) on January 23 presented the details of their plan pertaining to consumer safety to prime minister Lee Nak-yeon. With consumption of seafood per capita reaching 60 kg in 2016, the world’s highest, and expected to continue growing, the MOF will look to introduce concrete measures to avoid ensure food safety



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