The College of Marine Resources of the University of Antofagasta (UA) and the firm Empresa de Cultivos Marinos del Norte Grande signed a cooperation agreement to produce yellowtail juveniles under controlled conditions and build a hatchery for their productive stage.
The objective of the initiative is to reproduce in captivity the species (Seriola lalandi), its larval development and the obtaining of yellowtail fry destined to fattening cage systems, El Mercurio reports.
According to Luis Alberto Loyola, vice-chancellor of the UA, this agreement marks a milestone, since the know-how generated in the University “now has an application and impact in the productive sector.”
"At the moment, as an institution we boast human resources and the knowledge to achieve many objectives, although our economic capacity is limited,”Loyola continued explaining.
Meanwhile, the manager of the company, Alberto Campos, commented that it is possible to generate a new industry for the region with this type of agreement.
"We contend that through the development of the universities we can reach the market and open up more opportunities. We are happy to participate and we hope to take the lead in this initiative,” the executive maintained.
The first stage of the project to produce yellowtail banks on funds close to CLP 838 million (USD 1.5 million) furnished by Fondef de Conicyt and Innova Chile of the Production Development Corporation (CORFO), by the UA and by private associated companies.
“This initiative, the only one of its kind in the country, opens up major opportunities to transform farming species into a significant regional and national economic activity, which for the College of Marine Resources of the University of Antofagasta also means a new pole of attraction for the education of professionals,” affirm those in charge of the agreement.
By Analia Murias