2010 will not be a good farmed salmon production year, said ex-Fisheries Subsecretary Felipe Sandoval. (Photo: Stock File/ AquaChile)
AquaChile incorporates ex-Fisheries Subsecretary
Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 01:30 (GMT + 9)
AquaChile has hired former Fisheries Subsecretary Felipe Sandoval “to manage the holistic application, respect and control of environmental and sanitary regulations,” the salmon farming firm revealed.
Sandoval had served as head of the Fisheries Subsecretariat (SUBPESCA) during the Lagos Administration, and he was executive secretary of the Salmon Table under President Michelle Bachelet.
"Given the difficult conditions through which the industry has passed, stemming from the eruption of the infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) virus domestically, the executive will place emphasise on the search for formulas of operation and organisation that will allow [us] to surpass the crisis and develop salmon and trout production in safer and sanitarily sustainable conditions,” the company’s official statement reads.
In AquaChile, Sandoval will also work with local communities and on the implementation of
the newly passed General Fisheries and Aquaculture Law (LGPA).
the same Law regulations must be removed which companies have expressed an opinion about and we are going to work on that,” said the newly elected member of the salmon industry, to Diario Financiero.
In the statement released, the company adds: “Empresas AquaChile will continue working for the total normalisation of its activities following the crisis, the reintegration of the salmon farming industry in the different sectors of the country and overseas, ties with local communities, putting all its capabilities and teams to these tasks. These efforts similarly aim for the recovery of the industry’s ability to create jobs.”
Meanwhile, Sandoval warned that 2010 will be a terrible production year for the salmon farming sector, due to fewer smolt stockings and early harvests, following the eruption of the ISA virus.
Nevertheless, he noted that so far this year “salmon smolt stockings have improved, which is why better results will be seen in 2011 and 2012.”
Meanwhile, the Salmon Industry Association of Chile AG (SalmonChile) estimates that the salmon production will reach some 385,000 gross tonnes and 245,000 net tonnes in 2011, which would imply a recovery of around 10 per cent with respect to this year.
That productive increase would to a large extent be assured if the farming companies accede to planned financing, have specimens for breeding available and if salmon mortality drops.
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By Analia Murias