Salmon Exports Fall

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
10 February 2010, at 12:00am

CHILE - Salmon exports reached US$ 2,029.5 million in 2009 representing a 12.59 per cent decrease compared to US$ 2,322 million exported in the previous year.

This is the first fall in years and is put down the ISA virus and a lower external demand.

According to a study by the Chilean General Directorate of International Economic Relations (Direcon) last year, salmon export totaled 360,700 tonnes representing a decrease of over 17 per cent compared to 2008 results, reports FishfarmingXpert.

Within the last three years, exports of Chilean salmon have presented a lower dynamism compared to other products from the alimentary sector.

Direcon’s report suggested that lower salmon production has pushed prices up, compensating some negative effects of the current crisis. Unitary value of salmon exports increased 5.6 per cent in 2009 compared to the previous year.