Salmon farming centre. (Photo: Sernapesca)
Aquaculture harvest reaches unprecedented record
Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) reported that in Chile, between January and December 2012, 1,055 million tonnes of aquaculture resources were harvested, a record that is unprecedented.
Sernapesca national director, Ana Maria Urrutia Garay, clarified that the figures are still preliminary and are in the process of validation.
From the estimated total harvest, 804,000 tonnes go for salmon species, which would mean an increase of 23 per cent over 2011 figures.
This increase in salmon harvest, although in relative terms is lower than that of 2011 compared to 2010 (39 per cent), as a result of the recovery after the infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) spread," makes it possible for the salmon industry in the country to reach an unprecedented harvest volume, which is even higher than the expectations most part of the sector had, " said Urrutia Garay.
Regarding Atlantic salmon, last year the harvest was 398,000 tonnes, an increase of 50.6 per cent over the previous year, "thus achieving a new record, and nearly 61 per cent of the production was obtained in Aysen region," the official said.
She also stressed that salmon production last year "occurred with appropriate health indicators, which were reflected in the mortality figures, that according to historical records of the past seven years, is within expected levels."
Sernapesca’s Informe Sanitario Anual indicates that "the average mortality for all three species is within very acceptable ranges, particularly for Atlantic salmon, no ISA outbreaks, and a decrease in Caligus loads since the implementation of the new health program for monitoring and control of this disease by Sernapesca.”
The National Director of the Service said, "This context of high production, the largest so far in the history of the country aquaculture, reflects the good productive indicators of sector."
Finally, she noted that Sernapesca accompanies these indicators with more effective health monitoring and surveillance, "highest standards of biosecurity and more appropriate control measures, which we always try to optimize".
By Analia Murias