Aquaculture for all

Government Sets Goal For Aquaculture


CHILE - During a recent seminar, the Chilean Ministry of Economy, Hugo Lavados, stated that the local aquacultures exports goal for 2015 is set on US$ 4 billion. However, within the salmon industry opinions are more skeptical.

According to, Mr Lavados added: “We had an ambitious goal for 2012 but keeping it in the same time-scale is meaningless due to the crisis in the salmon industry, which represents 90 per cent of the aquaculture exports”.

When asked about how viable is to double exports in six years, he answered that it is “a demanding and tough goal because objectives easy to achieve are pointless”, although he recognises that the target might not be reached.

Among the factors that would help to achieve that exports level, Mr Lavados said that by 2010 there should be an important recovery in the salmon industry summed up to a better salmon price and development of new aquaculture species in Chile.

In turn, some inside sources pointed out that by 2015, producer companies are just aimed to recover production levels prior to ISA virus and added that with the new production model (that will decrease farming densities and establishes sanitary fallows) is going to reduce the farming productive potential by 30 per cent.

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