The Fisheries Branch of the Municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that 137 million ornamental fish were produced during the first nine months of the year, a year-on-year rise of 19%. Nearly 15 million fish were shipped abroad via Tan Son Nhat Airport with an export value of nearly US$17 million, up 14% over the same period last year. At present, 21 separate companies are allowed to export ornamental fish, of which the Sai Gon Ornamental Creatures JSC account for 85% of total exports. The city’s ornamental fish has been shipped to 43 countries in the world with the European market the biggest and constituting 54% of exports. The remainder comes from the Asian, American and South African markets. Furthermore, during the final months of 2018, the city aims to produce 40-45 million fish and export a further 4.5-5 million of them with a total export value of US$5-6 million.