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Julio Traub Kipreo, Acotruch president, forecasts the industry production costs will rise USD 10 million. (Photo: Stock File)

Farming densities to depend on environmental and health performance

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Friday, December 07, 2012, 04:10 (GMT + 9)

The new rules as to farming densities, which determine how many fish the farming cages can withstand, was one of the issues discussed at the first meeting of the brand new National Aquaculture Commission.

In this regard, the head of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca), Pablo Galilea, announced that a cluster density will be set and it will depend on several factors:

  • The environmental and health performance that the concessions have had in the previous period (two previous years);
  • The future risk, which considers the potential impact of increasing the number of fish to be farmed, from one cycle to another one.

Specifically, the Atlantic salmon farming density with the new regulation will range from 17 kilograms per cubic meter to 11 kg/m3 while the Pacific salmon and trout one ranges from 12 kg/m3 to 8 kg/m3, Subpesca reported.

Galilea recalled that at the time of the health crisis caused by ISA virus, the Atlantic salmon farming density reached as high as 30 kg/m3 per cage.

"This crisis showed us that self-regulation did not work, so to safeguard the health asset it is vital to address the risks associated with the projected growth in each district in these regulations," pointed out the undersecretary.

The new regulation, which aims to prevent further health crises, will have different impacts on the sector.

"These new rules will mean an increase in costs of USD 10 million for the industry, which is important considering the losses that will reach about USD 700 million for the salmon firms," warned the president of the Association of Coho Salmon and Trout Producers (Acotruch), Julio Traub Kipreos.

Meanwhile, Armasur general manager, Manuel Bagnara, believes that the Act "will normalize the trips" performed by the ships, which "do not stop at present."

"We're going to have fewer trips, instead of 100 per cent, we’re going to perform 70 per cent," the executive stated.

And in Luís Andrade’s opinion, general manager of Nisa Redes, the new regulation on densities could benefit them, "because more nets should be used to produce the same number of salmon."

The president of the Association of Salmon Industry AG (SalmonChile), Maria Eugenia Wagner, explained that "the new regulation has two elements."

"One is individual, which is intended to reduce stocking in those farms with losses exceeding 15 per cent; and the other one is a group factor, which aims to reduce farming density on site using a risk score based on health and productive items," she said, according to Diario Financiero.

"However, if a farming centre has good results in a neighbourhood, the centre will be rewarded with higher density," added Wagner.

Related article:

- Government and salmon sector analyze production model

By Analia Murias
[email protected]
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