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NEW ZEALAND - Growing recognition of the quality of local shellfish and salmon has helped boost the value of exports, Aquaculture New Zealand says.

Greenshell mussel exports in 2008 were worth $204.3 million, compared with $174.5 million the previous year - a rise of 17 per cent - despite volumes dropping 9 per cent to 33,300 tonnes.

According to the New Zealand Herald, pacific oyster exports fell by 320 tonnes but rose 2 per cent in value to $16.9 million, while salmon exports jumped 7 per cent in volume and 22 per cent in value to $44 million.

Aquaculture New Zealand chief executive Mike Burrell said the result suggested the premium quality of the country's aquaculture products was becoming more valued internationally.

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