Yellowtail kingfish larvae, Seriola lalandi. (Photo: Acuinor/FIS)
Second yellowtail kingfish production phase progresses
Friday, April 12, 2013, 02:30 (GMT + 9)
The company Sociedad Inversiones Acuícola y Acuícola del Norte (Acuinor) is finishing the first production phase of yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi) larvae and fry in the north of the country.
The company, which produces and exports fry of the species to the United States, Holland, Germany and Italy, is now getting ready to move to the second phase of scaling production.
According to Daniel Elton, Acuinor general manager, this resource is the one offering the best future probabilities in the north of Chile.
"There are seeds, it is native and has a very good price for fattening the specimens," the entrepreneur highlighted.
In addition, the improvements achieved in the recirculation systems (RAS) have enabled the company to increase the survival rates at this stage, Elton explained.
Acuinor was born thanks to various research projects such as InnovaChile of the Corporación de Fomento de la Producción (Corfo) and currently it is working on the yellowtail kingfish in the framework of the Chilean Aquaculture Diversification Programme (PDACH).
In this second year of the project, the company will focus on the pre fattening and fattening process on land, reproduction, market research and finding suitable places to install floating cages.
Acuinor has a fish farm in Caldera, in the Atacama region, with the capacity to produce four million juvenile specimens per year. In 2011, it produced about 200,000 yellowtail kingfish.
The fattening process takes place on land, in ponds with recirculation, to obtain 350 tonnes, reported Aqua.
Elton is optimistic about the future of this species and its commercialization in international markets. He said that at present, about 160,000 tonnes of farmed yellowtail kingfish are consumed around the world.
"The work performed in the reproduction in which special emphasis has been placed on genetics will make it possible to have a reproducer stock to ensure the production of better quality eggs," he pointed out.
"The market research we are developing indicates that there are good prospects for the future of the species because the product tests have indicated so, it is important to bear in mind the fact that the colour, flavour, texture and oil level in the muscle are features that have contributed for this species to reach the sashimi degree rating," he concluded.
Last December, scientists at the Fish Culture Laboratory of the Faculty of Marine Sciences of the Catholic University of the North (UCN) obtained the first spawning of yellowtail kingfish reproducers.
According to Alfonso Silva, an investigator in charge of the study, this initiative allows Chile to "be able to have the necessary conditions to initiate investigations related to the optimization of this species farming process at different stages as well as to achieve the reproduction of juvenile specimens to be farmed."
Internationally, the yellowtail kingfish is also known as vidriola or dorado.
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