All fishmeal plants operate via online traceability system
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SERNAPESCA traceability system allows fishery declarations via the Internet of the 36 fishmeal and fish oil proces

SERNAPESCA traceability system allows fishery declarations via the Internet of the 36 fishmeal and fish oil processing plants. (Photo: Sernapesca)


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Monday, August 07, 2017, 21:40 (GMT + 9)


The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA) has made significant progress in the traceability system, which allows fishery declarations via the Internet, by completing the incorporation of the 36 processing plants and 66 fish meal and fish oil traders operating in the country.

The Traceability System seeks to improve the sustainability and competitiveness of the sector. It is part of SERNAPESCA updating strategy, which through this tool offers users to declare and follow their operations online, recording the history of origin, processing and disposal of raw materials.

"With this information we also improve the basic data for the design of management strategies and control of the different fisheries," explained Jose Miguel Burgos, SERNAPESCA national director.

The authority points out that the processing industry now receives 52 per cent of the landings resulting from the fishing activity. This sector generates about 200,000 tonnes of fishmeal and 30,000 tonnes of fish oil, which in 2016 reported currencies for USD 438 million in exports.

These raw materials are provided by the activity of 81 industrial vessels, all of which operate via traceability. Meanwhile, in the artisanal subsector of the pelagic fisheries for the processing industry, 92 per cent of the 499 vessels of more than 12 metres in length are already declared to be traceable, and 66 per cent of the 320 vessels that are under 12 metres are also using the pelagic subsector for pelagic fisheries, also use this way.

"It is important to note that SERNAPESCA has adopted a segmented and gradual strategy for the artisanal sector, maintaining facilities for the training and entry of these agents into the system, among which the provision of self-training equipment and personnel available to train artisanal shipowners or their relatives in entering the system," stressed Burgos.

The next phase is to complete the incorporation into the fishery of the jumbo flying squid, one of the most important resources today according to the number of players in the cephalopod capture, commercialization and processing.

The next step includes the resources derived from aquaculture through the incorporation of salmon plants.

"The ultimate goal is to provide all the fisheries and activities involved with the ability to describe distribution and value chains, incorporating public value into the information management by improving the competitiveness of these sectors," said Esteban Donoso, head of SERNAPESCA Information Management Department.

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