Seaweed-based products. (Photo: Algamar/Sernapesca/FIS)
Seaweed exports grow 16 per cent
Tuesday, September 04, 2012, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
Exports of products made from seaweed generated USD 122 million in the first half of this year, representing 16.2 per cent more than in the same period last year, according to statistics from the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP).
According to the Bulletin of Fisheries and Aquaculture Exports developed by the Institute, the contribution of these products to total revenues earned from exports of the fisheries sector of Chile was 4.9 per cent.
Only in June, 6,999 tonnes of seaweed-derived products were exported for USD 17.5 million. The exported volume shows a 28.4 per cent rise compared with what was traded in the same month in 2011.
As it has been detailed in the newsletter issued by IFOP, the average FOB price of the total seaweed products exported in the first six months of 2012 was USD 2,788 per tonne, up 9.7 per cent on the same period of 2011.
In terms of the volume of seaweed-based products exported until last June, dried seaweed is ranked in the first position (89.5 per cent), followed by carrageenan (6.2 per cent) and agar agar (2.3 per cent).
"All the transactions of seaweed and their derivatives increased compared with the same period last year," the IFOP stated.
Dried seaweed were also the product that generated more revenue in the first half, with a share of 44.2 per cent in the total value of exports of seaweed products. In second place was carrageenan, with a contribution of 26.5 per cent, and in third position was agar agar, with 18.5 per cent.
Until the sixth month of this year, the top three companies – out of a total of 10 that export products made from seaweed– were: Gelymar (USD 19.5 million), Algamar (USD 18.8 million) and Algas Multiexport (USD 14 million).
By Analia Murias