60,000 tons of fish a year

According to the most recent figures available, the Dominican Republic consumes between 50,000 and 60,000 tons of fish a year. However, most of the fish are imported. In spite of a record 18,000-ton catch by Dominican fishermen, another 30,000 plus were imported. Due to the demand by hotels, consumption for 2005 is expected to hit the 60,000-ton level, with 40,000 tons being imported. Fish are imported from India, Argentina, Chile, Panama and Brazil. At times during the year, the demand outstrips supply. These are the months of March and April and December.