1.2 million juvenile fish in air shipment from Turkey to Oman
Europe’s largest biggest fry breeder Kılıç Deniz has carried out a second live fish juvenile delivery to Oman. As a part of maintaining its dominant position in Middle Eastern markets, Kılıç Deniz arranged the export of six million live fish juvenile in total to Saudi Arabia, the Dominican Republic, America and Oman this year, and has just completed a second transfer of juvenile fish by air.
“Fish juvenile were taken to İzmir Adnan Menderes airport from our land hatchery in Milas. Here all the tanks were taken one by one and loaded on an aircraft with a 100 tonne transport capacity, which was supplied for us from Saudi airways. After five-hour flight, the products arrived at Oman, Muscat Airport. We arrived Qriat port following three hours of travel through the desert and the whole operation took 40 hours,” said Sinan Kızıltan, deputy chief executive of Kılıç Deniz Ürünleri, commenting that Kılıç Holding maintains its position as of the biggest sea bream and sea bass breeders in Europe with a fish production of 65,000 tonnes annually, of which 70% is exported.
Sinan Kızıltan stressed that Kılıç Deniz is the market leader in sea bream and sea bass adding that approximately 50% of the sea bream and sea bass produced in Turkey is raised by Kılıç Deniz.
“We fulfil the half of fish juvenile production in Turkey. Up until now, we have exported juvenile fish by sea. However, we started transport by air to the newer markets that are less easy to reach by sea. The interest in live fish from Gulf countries in particular prompted this. We export juvenile fish to Tunisia, Oman, Dominic and Saudi Arabia. Currently we have 30% of the Tunisian market. Finally, we carried out transport of juvenile sea bream worth $500,000 to start raising fish for the first time in Oman. The fact that it is the second alive fish delivery, performed in Turkey by air on such a scale makes it a significant part of this operation.”
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