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Fish Imports

Map No. 52

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Eight of the ten territories with the lowest per person net fish imports are landlocked territories. Of the other two, Senegal has some coastline, and Haiti is half of an island. Only three of the ten territories with the highest per person net fish imports are landlocked. So distance from the coast is not the main determinant of the value of fish imported. As with almost all trade, rich countries tend to either import the most, or make the most money from their exports.

The highest net fish imports are to Japan, followed by Western European territories, followed by the United States. Together net imports to these territories constitute 89% of net fish imports to all territories.

“Fugu (blow fish) is a fish which contains deadly poison in the organs. Despite the risk, fugu dishes remain special feasts in Japan.” Setsuko Yoshizuka, 2006

Territory size shows the proportion of worldwide net imports of fish (in US$) that are received there. Net imports are imports minus exports. When exports are larger than imports the territory is not shown.

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