2010 will be a year of low harvests as a result of the ISA virus outbreak. (Photo: K. Falch)
Farms all clear of ISA virus
Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 02:10 (GMT + 9)
The National Fisheries Service (SERNAPESCA) confirmed that there is no salmon farming centre affected by the salmon infectious anaemia (ISA) virus for the time being.
The agency furnished the information based on data submitted by salmonid producer firms of Chile.
In mid-January, the only centre that was listed in the category of outbreak was that of Quemada owned by the company Friosur S.A., in the Region of Aysen.
Similarly, SERNAPESCA specified that seven centres are listed in the suspected category to date, one more than in the previous report.
Meanwhile, facilities at sanitary rest remain at 27.
In other news, the general manager of Pesquera El Golfo, Alberto Romero, noted that he hopes the General Fisheries and Aquaculture Law is passed as soon as possible, in a bid to achieve sanitary reform for the sector.
In his opinion, the salmon sector’s recovery will begin next year.
"2011 will be the year of progressive increases in harvests, as far as salmon,” added the general manager of Pesquera El Golfo.
“In 2007, we had 10 operational farming centres, and now we only have four. So, 2010 will have one of the lowest harvests, as in 2009 very little was sown, overall in the first quarter, for which we hope to get 10,000 and 12,000 tonnes in total,” he added.
In terms of exports last year, Romero said that they reached USD 120 million, whereas local sales reached USD 50 million. In both categories there was a small hike due to higher fishmeal prices, which is the firm’s main product, he commented.
"We expect to maintain similar levels this year," he said.
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