Yes, Bali is more than just a tropical island paradise. This week Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono highlighted its fisheries and aquaculture potential, opening the world’s largest shrimp breeding facility at Bugbug village, Karangasem.

He said the industry should focus first on the domestic market, promoting efficient and affordable seafood consumption. After that, shrimp would join seaweed and tuna as Indonesia’s main seafood export.

The new facility should produce 675,000 shrimp per year. The Ministry of Fishery and Marine Affairs said the shrimp export market was worth US$1.58 billion last year, 63% of Indonesia’s total fishery exports of $2.47 billion. Shrimp output should increase by 74% over the next four years, from 400,000 tons to 699,000 tons.

source & article: The Jakarta Post