Salmon eggs. (Photo:Stofnfiskur HF)
Yadrán and Icelandic salmon egg producer sign collaboration agreement
Thursday, July 26, 2012, 16:40 (GMT + 9)
The salmon company Cultivos Yadrán from Chile signed a comprehensive technical collaboration agreement with the Icelandic producer of Atlantic salmon eggs, Stofnfiskur HF.
For years, the Icelandic firm has supplied Cultivos Yadrán all the salmon eggs they have needed.
"Therefore, it is not surprising that the next step has been taken, which places us in a position of high trust and cooperation by jointly opening our doors and seeking win-win situations for our companies," said the manager of Stofnfiskur Chile, Rodolfo Infante.
The contract between the two companies will initially last three years and may be renegotiated.
The agreement was signed in Puerto Montt (Region of Los Lagos) by the general manager of Cultivos Yadrán, José Miguel Barriga, and the CEO of Stofnfiskur and fish geneticist, Jónas Jónasson.
According to Infante, the link will be beneficial to both parties, and aims to organise technical visits of the staff from Chile to Iceland, and vice versa, the website Aqua reported.
The main aspect to be discussed is the behavior of the Saga strain in the farming sites of Yadrán. Besides, the specific needs required by this customer-partner according to their production plan will be investigated.
The idea is that Stofnfiskur provides 'taylor made' eggs, that is to say, those produced to meet the specific needs of Ovas Yadrán, who is a customer of the firm’s, Infante added.
"Our strength is to be a 'genetic centre', as we have the ability to search and implement those improvements required by our customers in the eggs, in terms of growth, low gonadal maturation, robustness against pathogens, improvements as to the quality of meat in terms of colour and lipid content and other desirable traits," the executive pointed out.
Infante said they are also working on innate immunity, an aspect of great importance to address health issues that have no real solution at this time, such as resistance to Salmon Rickettsial Syndrome (SRS) or to Caligus or salmon louse.
"Stofnfiskur and the members of the firm’s scientific staff are working close together in the field of applied research with several European universities and institutions, which has enabled us to offer egg production tailored to each customer," he stressed.
Stofnfiskur has the capacity to provide Atlantic salmon healthy eggs at any time of the year and makes constant contributions related to research and development in the field of selective breeding.
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