Samon health indicators show effectiveness of the applied model
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Fisheries and Aquaculture Undersecretary, Pablo Berazaluce (Photo: SUBPESCA)CHILEWednesday, January 10, 2018,23:30 (GM

Fisheries and Aquaculture Undersecretary, Pablo Berazaluce. (Photo: SUBPESCA)


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 23:30 (GMT + 9)


The good moment that the Chilean salmon industry is undergoing "is no coincidence", but it clearly shows that the implemented model is giving good results in sanitary and environmental terms, and also in the economy of the sector.

This was stated by the Fisheries and Aquaculture Undersecretary, Pablo Berazaluce, when referring to the positive advances experienced by salmon farming in Chile thanks to the regulations implemented by the Government, after the sector suffered one of its biggest crises.

Ten years after the health crisis caused by the ISA virus, the national authority recalled that "at the beginning times were difficult for all, besides, there was little information and means to face a health, social and economic crisis never seen before, situation that forced to refound the bases of aquaculture in the country."

Today the sector is in a decisive stage, with the consolidation of a model that has been subject to multiple adjustments, and the industry current health indicators show that it is going "on the right track".

In this sense, Berazaluce stressed that 58 percent of salmon farming centers have had an excellent health performance, with losses of less than 10 percent in their productive cycle, and only 7.4 percent presented losses greater than 60 percent.

However, the authorities are aware that the frequency and depth of the adjustments have not been exempt from criticism and controversy, such as the loss of competitiveness and the complexity of the model and the lack of certainty, among others.

In this regard, the undersecretary said: "This is a model that has required to be based on accomplished facts, in the sense that it had to be designed on a huge amount of concessions already granted and therefore the challenge and the difficulties have been greater, without having a referent to follow. From the very beginning, the process has included the permanent evaluation of the measures that are adopted in order to correct them early whenever necessary."

Among the measures adopted, he highlighted the density of cultivation and, in particular, the percentage of stocking reduction, which has contributed to the sustainability of the activity through the controlled growth of production, when the environmental and health indicators of the farming centers and groupings of concessions realize that this is possible.

Regarding the objective of the stocking reduction percentage, the undersecretary explained that it is "a measure that allows the industry to make decisions to increase production without putting at risk what had been achieved in environmental and health". That is why incentives had to be created, for production growth to be possible but moderate.

"Good environmental and health performance results in greater freedom of decision, but within a limited framework to avoid a new crisis," he said.

According to the head of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture(SUBPESCA), at the beginning of this semester of application of the measure, the industry will grow in the order of 6 percent for the next two years if compared to the previous productive period, objective raised to the moment to design the measure.

Berazaluce also affirmed that Chile today is a world benchmark in terms of sanitary regulation. Proof of this is that the new regulation to combat salmon lice announced recently by Norway is essentially similar to the regulation of farming density in Chile, "because environmental indicators are set with results that will determine whether the industry can increase or decrease its production for the next productive period ".

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