Fishermen, processors and exporters are well on their way to meeting a goal set in 2014 of doubling the value of the province’s seafood exports within a decade.

According to Export Development Canada, the value of Nova Scotia’s seafood exports hit $1.68 billion last year, which is a 33-per-cent increase over 2014.

One Nova Scotia, a coalition of business leaders working to grow the provincial economy that grew out of the Ivany commission, set a goal of increasing seafood exports from $860 million in 2013 to $1.72 billion within 10 years.

Fishermen in the province are getting the job done.

“Nova Scotia is Canada’s leading seafood exporter and it’s very encouraging to see the people who work in this industry rise to the challenge of growing the industry,” said Premier Stephen McNeil in a news release Thursday.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell said private-sector growth, along with government efforts to promote Nova Scotia seafood in international markets, has been huge for the seafood industry.

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