Yellowtail kingfish, Seriola lalandi. (Photo: Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute)
Active surveillance programme to farm yellowtail kingfish launched
Friday, May 10, 2013, 01:10 (GMT + 9)
The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) has launched a surveillance programme to monitor two diseases affecting the yellowtail kingfish, a resource with which the diversification of the Chilean aquaculture industry is intended.
The Diversification Programme of Chilean Aquaculture (PDACH) promotes the yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi) farming in the Atacama Region by investigating the adaptation of the resource to captivity. The aim of this initiative is to consolidate its onshore production, with export prospects to be started.
While studies for farming and fattening the yellowtail kingfish began seven years ago, it was in 2009 when marketing the first specimens that had been farmed on land started in the north of Caldera, in that Chilean region.
Sernapesca supports the implementation of facilities with a recirculation loop and biofilter systems to meet technical and regulatory requirements.
Therefore, it has launched the Active Surveillance Programme (PVA), which considers monitoring the two diseases that affect the yellowtail kingfish: the sea bream iridovirus and the viral haemorrhagic septicemia (VHS).
Both conditions are included in the List Number One of high risk diseases of the International Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Chilean authorities hope to contribute to the entrance of the resource to international trade resource and help diversify domestic aquaculture.
Currently, the yellowtail kingfish is exported as a chilled cooled product to Italy, the United States, Denmark and Germany. Besides, there is also an emerging market for the export of live specimens (juveniles) to the United States and Europe.
"Today, it is essential to have new monitoring and tracking tools such as PVA," pointed out Jose Pablo Irribarra, Sernapesca Fish Health Veterinarian doctor in Atacama.
"A similar programme is performed for monitoring and tracking salmon, but it is the first time it has been conducted for Seriola species, so it is extremely important, as it is an innovative culture within the country," Irribarra continued explaining.
Last April, the company Sociedad Inversiones Acuícola y Acuícola del Norte (Acuinor) was completing the first stage of yellowtail kingfish larvae and fry production in the north of the country.
According to Daniel Elton, Acuinor general manager, this resource is the one that offers future possibilities in northern Chile.
"There are seeds, it is a native species and has very good price for fattening," the businessman highlighted.
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By Analia Murias