Minister Pablo Longueira with Undersecretary of Fisheries, Pablo Galilea, at a meeting with representantives of the salmon sector. (Photo: Subpesca)
Government and salmon firms working on farming density regulation
Wednesday, October 03, 2012, 01:40 (GMT + 9)
The Chilean government intends to develop the density regulation management in the short term, since it is considered a key standard to protect the health of the Chilean heritage.
This was stated by Finance Minister Pablo Longueria, after meeting with the head of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca), Pablo Galilea, and with representatives of the salmon industry.
At the meeting it was agreed they would work together to manage the proposed regulation, which can be analysed on 1 December, 2013.
Galilea valued the agreement reached by the associations of salmon producers and non-affiliated companies because it represents a willingness to discuss issues, which is essential to the future of this industry, reported Subpesca.
The consensus proposal was released last Thursday during the workshop organized by Subpesca, which attracted more than 100 representatives of salmon companies to analyse the production model of the sector.
The initiative was developed by the Union Association of Coho and Trout Producers (Acotruch), Salmon and Trout Association of Magallanes AG, the Chilean Association of Salmon Industry AG (SalmonChile) and Empresas AquaChile.
Longueira stressed that the proposal recommends the incorporation of a complementary measure to health regulations, related to the fish mortality indicator in fish farms. The idea is to include a modification so that producers have to reduce the number of fish that can be stocked in a farming centre when it has registered an increase in mortality rates in the previous farming season.
However, this measure does not prevent health problems per neighbourhood and leaves open the industry’s response to the proposed regulation for farming densities that Subpesca made last August.
"Gathering all the unions and companies is a fact that has long not been seen, reflecting the renewed spirit of the industry to meet the challenges," Galilea highlighted.
- Government and salmon sector analyze production model
By Analia Murias