(VOV) – Vietnam’s tra fish exports are estimated at US$237 million in the first eight months of the year, down 12.8% against the same period last year, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP). VASEP said that by mid- August, seafood exports to the EU fetched US$667.3 million, of which tra fish dropped by 12.8 percent to US$237 million but shrimps and tuna rose 5.3% to US$195 million and 33.8% to US$89 million respectively. Total seafood exports to the EU in the past eight months hovered around US$720 million (down 4.6 %) despite an increase in shrimp and tuna shipments in the second quarter. Tra fish which make up 35-40% of total seafood export earnings from the EU continued dropping in both volume and value. As Vietnam’s largest seafood importer in the previous years, the EU comes second after the US this year. VASEP explained that the falling price of tra fish was due to an abundant supply of gadidae fish. For example, tra fish exports in the second quarter dropped by 12.8% to US$95.6 million compared to the same period last year. The price of tra fish was somewhere between US$2.40-2.60 per kilo, down 10-20% on the previous years. However, VASEP said, the consumption of tra fish in other markets like Portugal, the UK, and East European countries tends to increase while Holland still has a great demand for tra fish, especially from retailers.