Bandar Anzali, Nov. 11, IRNA-The head of National Research Center for Marine Lives Rasoul Arshad said on Saturday that Iran ranked 14th among 44 main fishery producing countries.
He told reporters that the total output of marines lives during last Iranian year stood at 520,000 tons, some 120 thousands tons of which was yielded by fish culture.
Referring to the low fish consumption rate in country, he added that the world average for fish consumption was 15 kg per capita, while it was 5.5 kg in Iran.
We have planned to encourage the people to boost sea food consumption to the global level during the Fourth Five-Year Economic, Cultural and Social Development Plan (2005-2010) in light of their effective role for health, he said.
He said that the research center has envisaged programs to boost standard for production and supply of sea food and deal with inefficiency in supplying them during the entire year.
He recommended publicity works for the public to deal with lack of knowledge about the fish advantages, producing high quality fish, keeping fish prices fix, removing poor variety in fish production, and cooking methods.
Stressing high impacts of different cooking methods in boosting the consumption rate, Arshad said, "Some 300 kinds of sea food recipes were now being available in the world, while in our country it's done in just a few limited ways."
As of the foundation of the center (October 2002), the head of research center said they had managed to produce some different kinds of sea meals and they had also some other new products under study.
According to him the research project was supposed to finish by the end of the next Iranian calender year (March 21, 2008).
The average fish consumption in the country is officially announced to be 5.5 kg, while the rate is 12-15 in coastal provinces and some two kg in the other provinces.
The world average rate for fish consumption is some between 13 to 15 kg, while the rate for Japan is 20 kg and for European states it is 35 kg.
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