Golden kingklip (Genypterus blacodes). (Photo: Fundacion Chile)
Global milestone: golden kingklip bred in captivity
Monday, September 17, 2012, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
Experts of Fundación Chile managed to achieve a global landmark of technological innovation for national aquaculture: breeding golden kingklip (Genypterus blacodes) in captivity.
The kingklip’s eggs and larvae were successfully farmed on site in Quillaipe Foundation, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos Region.
The reproducers, which had been captured in the wild, showed a good response to live, fresh and inert feed, and a rapid growth, and good health condition.
"This achievement will open up exciting business expectations for Chile in the coming years, given that we are facing an aquaculture species offering great possibilities," predicted Andrés Barros, manager of Food and Biotechnology Department of Fundación Chile.
According to this entity, the golden kingklip global market amounts to almost 45,000 annual tonnes and the main buyer is Spain, followed by Brazil, Hong Kong and Portugal.
It is stated that 89 per cent of the landings of this resource correspond to Argentina, New Zealand and Chile.
The prices (USD FOB) at the kingklip export level in Chile range from USD 3.5/kg for the refrigerated fresh product and USD 4.2/kg for the frozen presentation.
Barros stressed that "aquaculture represents an alternative to meet the growing demand of golden kingclip, although its market is quite segmented by product type and by exporting firm," Aqua reported.
"To date, no other developments as to aquaculture production scale farming have been verified but it is only obtained through fishing," he continued.
Moreover, in mid-2011 a team of scientists from the Centre for Quintay Marine Research (Cimarq) of Andrés Bello University (UNAB) was able to be successful in reproducing red kingklip (Genypterus chilensis) outside its natural habitat.
Diego Ramírez, Cimarq director and researcher responsible for this project, said these first specimens of red kingklip that were bred in captivity were to be used for breeding.
"This allows us to say that we have managed to tame the red kingklip," stated the expert.
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