Fucus serratus seaweed. (Photo: Stemonitis CC BY-SA 2.5)
Seaweed export returns up 12 pc
Friday, February 22, 2013, 02:30 (GMT + 9)
The Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP) reported that as of December 2012, foreign shipments of products made from seaweed totalled USD 222 million, a figure which represents a rise of 12 per cent compared with that in the same period last year.
According to the latest report of the Fishing Exports Bulletin of Chile, prepared by the IFOP Economic Section, the contribution of these products to total revenues earned by fisheries exports was 4.9 per cent.
The average FOB price of total seaweed products exported between January and December 2012 amounted to USD 2,796 per tonne, that is to say, 7.4 per cent more than in the same period of 2011.
In December, 6,827 tonnes of products derived from seaweed were exported, a decrease of 11.7 per cent compared with the total traded the same month in 2011.
IFOP’s document also specifies that in relation to the amounts negociated, the main seaweed based products exported to December 2012 were dried seaweed (89.4 per cent), carrageenan (6.1 per cent) and agar agar (2, 4 per cent).
Income received in 2012 placed dried seaweed exports in the first place of the ranking with 43 per cent share.
Following were ranked carrageenan, with a contribution of 26.1 per cent, and agar agar, which was in third place with a share of 19.7 per cent.
According to statistics from the IFOP, last year Chile exported 1,259,631 tonnes of fishery and aquaculture products, 7.1 per cent more than in 2011 (1,176,534 tonnes).
These foreign sales generated USD 4,563.5 million, which represents 2.8 per cent less than in 2011 (USD 4,697.2 million).