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Exports of dried laver up 49.4 pct in first half of this year

All Headlines 08:21 July 06, 2017

SEOUL, July 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's exports of dried seaweed surged 49.4 percent in the first six months of 2017 from a earlier on firm demand from overseas consumers, government data showed Thursday.

Outbound shipments of dried laver came to a record-high US$268.93 million, becoming the country's most overseas sold marine product in the January-June period, according to the data compiled by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.

It was the first time for dried laver to take first place among all marine products.

Dried seaweed, called "gim" in Korean, is usually roasted with sesame oil and fine salt to be served as a side dish in Korean dining. Snacks made of gim have gained popularity among foreigners in recent years.

By country, South Korea's exports of dried laver to Japan, China and Thailand rose 46 percent, 62 percent and 60.3 percent, respectively, during the same period.

The overall exports of seafood rose 12.1 percent in the first half of this year, reaching $1.12 billion, the data showed. It is the second-highest record after $1.17 billion tallied in 2012.

In this file photo taken on Jan. 5, 2016, people are at work drying "gamtae," a type of seaweed and a winter delicacy, at a village in Taean on South Korea's west coast. The seaweed was harvested from waters off Taean, a coastal region known to have clear sea waters suitable for seaweed farming. (Yonhap)

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