The branch office said that in the first nine months of the year, enterprises in HCMC produced 137 million ornamental fish species with high economic value, up by 19.1 percent compared to the same period last year ( with 115 million fish); mostly neon ornamental fish, koi fish and mollusc, among others.
Nearly 15.2 million fish had been exported through Tan Son Nhat Airport in 9 months, 13.99 percent higher than the same period last year and generated turnover of nearly $17.3 million, a year-on-year increase of 14.4 percent.
At present, 21 exporters are eligible for selling ornamental fish to 43 nations including European countries, Asian countries and South African nations.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, HCMC planned to produce additional 40 - 45 million ornamental fish for exporting 4.5 - 5 million achieving $5 - 6 million.
Therefore, the city can produce 180 million ornamental fish for exporting to earn $22 -23 million.