August 3, 2010


Chile reports decrease in fisheries and aquaculture production



Accumulated fish landings in June 2010 totalled 2.5 million tonnes, 22.2% lower than in the first half of 2009 when three million tonnes were landed in Chile.


According to the latest Report of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector from the Fisheries Subsecretariat (Subpesca), the fishing sector contributed 2.2 million tonnes between January and June 2010, while aquaculture reached 313,000 tonnes.


69.3% of landings in the fishing sector were composed of pelagic resources, a smaller percentage than a year earlier, when it was 74.1%.


Landings of anchovy, sardine and jack mackerel constituted respectively 23.4%, 20.3% and 17% of the landing from the fisheries sector accumulated until June 2010.


These landings were concentrated in regions V and X, which together received 799,000 tonnes, or 57.6% of the total.


Meanwhile, the National Fisheries Service (Sernapesca) reported that aquaculture production totalled 277,000 tonnes in the first five months of this year, a figure which represents a decrease of 27.5 % compared to the same period in 2009 when 382,000 tonnes were harvested.


The main resources produced nationally were mussels, rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon, which accounted for 59 %, 18 % and 14 % of the total harvest respectively.


Regions X and XI generated most of the harvest: a total of 217,100 tonnes and 46,600 tonnes respectively.


The mussel harvests accumulated through May totalled 163,400 tonnes, 48.5% more than the same period of 2009 (110,000 tonnes). All of the harvest came from the X region.


The harvest of rainbow trout totalled 50,000 tonnes, 37.4% less than the cumulative volume between January and May 2009 (79,900 tonnes). The highest production was registered in Regions X (34,500 tonnes) and XI (14,500 tonnes).


Meanwhile, the Atlantic salmon harvest totalled 38,600 tonnes up to May 2010, 68.7% less than the amount accumulated in the same period in 2009 (123,200 tonnes). Most of the production came from Regions XI (29,500 tonnes) and XII (5,500 tonnes).

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