A majority of Sri Lankan ornamental fish breeders targets the export market; however, those not up to international quality standards are sold at the local market. There are around 45 established exporters in the sector. In 2011, the total turnover amounted to US $10 Mn.
In the last 5 years, ornamental fish exports remain stable with slight fluctuations in the turnover. However, in the first quarter of 2013 it has recorded a 23% growth compared to 2012.
The key export markets for Sri Lankan Aquarium fish include the USA, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. There are also emerging markets such as Qatar and Canada, demonstrating high growth in demand for from Sri Lankan ornamental fish.