Chile is the second world producer of mussels, as well as the first global exporter of mollusc.
Senate approves bill to relocate mussel concessions
Friday, August 23, 2019, 06:30 (GMT + 9)
The initiative strengthens small-scale aquaculture activities, by creating the figure of a special permit for seed collection outside the cultivation areas, in line with an old longing for the sector.
The legislative project for the relocation of mussel ('choritos') concessions has as taken a new step to become law, after being approved unanimously by the Senate.
The senators ratified the initiative during a session in which the Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, Juan Andrés Fontaine participated.
The proposal will now return for its third constitutional process to the Chamber of Deputies, where it was endorsed last year.
The initiative strengthens small-scale aquaculture activities, by creating the figure a the special permit for seed collection outside the concessions, in line with an old longing for the sector.
Together with the above, the future law will allow relocation of farming centers that present problems of location derived from old cartographic complications.
All natural Chilean Blue Mussels (Mytilus chilensis) (Photo: PANAPESCA)
The norm - that finally aims at an integral reorganization of the aquaculture field - will also have positive repercussions in the sanitary and control planes, among others.
Chile is the second largest producer of mussels, behind China, as well as the world's leading exporter of this mollusc.
Miticulture is concentrated in the Los Lagos Region, generates about 17,000 jobs and has been key in the development of the national aquaculture sector.