Jose Ramon Gutierrez assured salmon farming is in full development. (Photo: SalmonChile/FIS)
'Salmon farming is well and fully developing'
Friday, November 04, 2011, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
The organization that brings together the Chilean salmon industry says that the sector's recovery is being observed after the crisis suffered due to the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus thanks to the good production levels companies are achieving.
"Today we see a healthier, more vigorous salmon industry that is in full development and growth," assured the president of the Association of the Chilean Salmon Industry AG (SalmonChile), Jose Ramon Gutierrez.
SalmonChile strategic plan aims to give brand equity to Chilean production and to expand in Brazilian and US markets.
According to Gutierrez, the main objective is to generate a new growth model.
"Our union is aware of the need to follow a more harmonious and structured growth path. All industry players are doing their utmost to make this happen," he said.
Gutierrez also recalled that between January and August 2011, salmon and trout exports totalled nearly 233,000 net tonnes for USD 1,833 million, Diario Financiero reported.
This volume represents an increase of 28 per cent over the first eight months of 2010 and shows the recovery of the national salmon industry.
Anyway, SalmonChile authorities claim that the crisis caused by ISA virus in 2007 should serve as a lesson: "We know it is not possible to eradicate the virus so we must live with it," Gutierrez highlighted.
On the other hand, the association's general manager, Carlos Odebret, kept calm when ISA virus variant HPR2 was detected at a farming centre of the company Salmones Cupquelan in the Aysen Region.
"A surveillance area was triggered as described by the specific health programme for ISA virus, where the control and the sampling are enhanced by the authority," he explained.
"The existent experience with HPR2 variant in those cases that have occurred is that the situation can be well controlled and causes a minor effect," Odebret added.
The businessperson stressed that this is the first case of ISA this year and insisted that the virus may not be removed.
"We would love to be able to kill it in the water, but it is not possible. Thus, we will have cases like this throughout the year and maybe the next as well. They are diseases that we have to take as part of nature," he added in a statement to Aqua.
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Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SalmonChile - Asociación de la Industria del Salmón A.G