It has been forecast the Atlantic salmon production in Chile will grow. (Photo: Marine Harvest Chile)
Atlantic salmon global supply on the rise
Monday, March 12, 2012, 01:00 (GMT + 9)
Under the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) held until 8 March in Oslo, Norway, several executives and directors of the largest salmon producing firms in the world believed that the world supply of Atlantic salmon will grow approximately 15 per cent in 2012.
For Tore Valderhaug, interim CEO of Cermaq ASA, which is a supervisor of Mainstream Chile and of EWOS food producer in Chile, this year the global supply of this species of salmon will be 1.8 million tonnes, that is to say 15 per cent more than that recorded in 2011 (1.6 million tonnes).
Of the total expected for 2012, Norway will contribute 1.1 million tonnes of Atlantic salmon, a figure showing an increase of 10 per cent over the previous year (1 million tonnes).
Meanwhile, Chile will contribute 361,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon, that is to say, 63 per cent more than in 2011 (221,000 tonnes).
Next the UK is located with 146,000 tonnes; Canada with 114,000 tonnes and the other salmon producing countries will total 141,000 tonnes, according to Aqua.
In Valderhaug’s view, "This global increase is due to the yield in Chile."
Moreover, in the case of Mainstream Chile, "the firm will follow the trend and consider an increased production of Atlantic salmon, which in 2012 will reach a total of 23,300 tonnes, in 2011 its production totalled 15,400 tonnes," the executive added.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Marine Harvest ASA, Alf-Helge Aarskog, predicted the world supply of Atlantic salmon will increase by 14 per cent and will be around 1.7 million tonnes.
And Chile will represent greater growth, "changing from 220,000 tonnes to 350,000 tonnes," he explained.
In addition, Jose Luis del Río, president of Friosur and assistant of the meeting in Oslo, stated the Chilean production of Atlantic salmon will amount to 400,000 tonnes.
"The low salmon prices raise doubts about the way in which the Chilean producers can afford their growth," del Río added.
By Analia Murias