Robust red algae, Solieria robusta. (Photo Credit: StockFile)
Algae exports on the rise
Monday, June 03, 2013, 00:30 (GMT + 9)
The exports of products made with algae generated a total of USD 41 million in the first three months of 2013, according to the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP).
As the Bulletin of Fisheries and Aquaculture Exports issued by the Institute stated it, the figure is 8.5 per cent higher than that obtained in the same period last year.
Meanwhile, the contribution of these products to total revenues earned for the exports of the fisheries sector in Chile was 4.9 per cent.
As it was detailed in IFOP newsletter, the average FOB price of the total of exported algae products in the first three months of 2013 was USD 2,923 per tonne, representing 4.7 per cent more than in the same period of 2012.
The main exported algae-based products until last March were dried algae (90.5 per cent), carrageenan (5.8 per cent) and agar agar (1.8 per cent).
"All algae and by-product transactions decreased, except dried algae, potassium alginate and natural polymer, comparing January-March 2012," the IFOP stated.
The bulletin of the Institute also specifies that "the income received between January and March 2013 placed dried algae exports in the first place of the ranking with a 50.3 per cent participation, followed by carrageenan, with a contribution of 25.1 per cent."
It is important to note that the agar agar "ranked third, with a 14.2 per cent participation."
On the other hand, the "Towards a World Aquaculture" (HUAM) programme of the Fund for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development (Fondef) has just assigned the Catholic University of the North (UCN) a project to develop small-scale aquaculture using benthic resource management areas (AMERB) of the Coquimbo region, by means of the suspended brown algae or kelp culture.
This project will increase the profitability of these areas and improve the quality of life of organized artisanal fishermen.
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By Analia Murias